Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bread Baking for the Cooking Impaired

One of the things on my to do list this year was to learn how to bake bread. I'm awful  not very good in the kitchen. My one previous attempt at bread baking yielded a whole wheat brick, not especially tasty, but perfectly suitable for masonry.

After asking around, and reading several rave reviews of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, I forked over the money, and picked up a copy for myself.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

I finally got up the nerve to try out the basic recipe in the book, and guess what? It was awesome. So awesome that the kids and I ate a whole loaf in a couple of hours. (In our defense, it was the smallish loaf pictured above. Also, I consoled myself with the idea that it had to be better for us than the Pop Tarts my son had been begging for...)

The recipe doesn't require a fancy mixer, and in fact there's no kneading involved either.

The bread was tasty, a little like a sourdough, and my family was thouroughly impressed. (I made homemade butter too, and my husband said I was like a cool Martha Stewart.)

I totally recommend the book to anyone who has been dreaming about baking their own bread, but doesn't want to spend a fortune on kitchen appliances, or hours in the kitchen.

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Disclosure: I recieved nothing in exchange for this recommendation, and paid for the book with my own cold hard cash. The Amazon link above is an affiliate link.


  1. your bread looks awesome and wow look at you even making homemade butter you rock!

    I love making breads and all hubby's waist line doesn't love it but it so much yummier then store bought.

    I try to make our hamburger, and hoagie buns and sandwich breads too. we are out so I better get to baking :)

    checking out that book more.

  2. I've been wanting to check out this book, as well. In the meantime, I've been making Italian Bread from the book, My Mama Made That. I'm hopping over from We Are That Family.

  3. I bought it a few weeks ago. it is AMAZING! I have been making it with my children. We haven't ventured beyond the basic recipe - but we love it!!!

  4. I love Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes! It was the one thing that finally convinced me that maybe I'm not such a horrible failure at bread after all. :-P My New Year's resolution this year is actually to bake some sort of bread once a week for every week this year!