Artisan Breads in Five Minutes a Day

Knitting progress has been slow lately, and secret (some mitts for this year's Spiders swap!), so here are some photos of another craft I have been trying my hand at in recent weeks: artisan breadmaking.

maybe i'm getting better at this!

These efforts started with the much-touted Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, whose authors maintain an informative blog where basically any question you might have has already been answered. It *is* a lot of white bread, so once I get comfortable with the basic methods in the first book, I plan to try their second book of whole-grain breads, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

ABI5 dough day 6 first boule, second batch Boule Inside First Boule slice boule 2 batch 2 First Boule, Another Angle

I've been keeping notes over at Flickr. Can't imagine they are all that informative, since the chemistry of bread is all quite new to me. But I'm definitely enjoying baking my own, so to speak!

Posted by jess at March 6, 2010 4:37 PM | TrackBack

I am a HUGE fan of this book! I do have the second book(healthy bread) but have not had time to really get in to it much. Have you made the cinnamon rolls yet?

Posted by: Melynda at March 6, 2010 5:18 PM

One of the best books ever! I've heard mixed reviews about the new book (actually I just heard that more of the recipes were geared towards gluten-free than expected - while that's not bad, just not what I'd imagined). My library has it so I'm waiting to check it out before deciding to buy it!

Posted by: Julie Snider at March 6, 2010 5:25 PM

That is absolutely on my "to do" list and has been for quite some time. Yum!

Posted by: Knittripps at March 6, 2010 5:55 PM

A few months ago, Mother Earth News had an article by the Artisan Bread authors with recipes from their Health Bread book. I'm planning on trying one of these out to see if the book is worth buying.

Posted by: Molly at March 6, 2010 6:59 PM

oh wow, yum!! Definitely piqued my interest in homemade bread.

Posted by: Jennie at March 6, 2010 8:22 PM

yum! Looks so good!

Posted by: Mildawg at March 6, 2010 8:43 PM

I use the basic recipe for EVERYTHING - pita, pizza, french loaves, round loaves, rolls... - and use different flours (whole wheat, barley, rye, etc) for at least half the mix.

I had a stone to bake it on but it broke so now I'm just putting the dough on parchment paper and throwing the whole thing on the oven racks.

Pita's turn out great - I use an ice cream scoop to glop it on to the paper, wet my fingers and spread it out then bake it at 500 deg for 10 min. Nothing could be easier.

Posted by: Renee at March 7, 2010 8:22 AM

The semolina bread is a favorite around here and works really well for pizza. The light whole wheat bread is also really good.

Posted by: thraceknits at March 7, 2010 1:23 PM

Yummy! beautiful pictures too.

Posted by: Rachel at March 7, 2010 9:30 PM

Thanks for the blog link. I just bought the healthy bread book and now can't wait to try it. Glad to hear their technique is really works.

Posted by: dee at March 8, 2010 4:26 PM

That is SO funny -- I just bought a baking stone and a bulk batch of yeast to do this exact same thing! I am really excited about it! I'm going to look over your flickr notes right now :)

Posted by: Laura at March 8, 2010 6:24 PM

Oh you need to try their next book! It's healthy bread in 5 minutes. Fabulous!

Posted by: Debbie at March 10, 2010 6:11 AM

I've heard so many great things about this book, and your bread looks amazing!

Posted by: Rachel at March 11, 2010 4:06 PM

I LOVE this bread, and I'll wholeheartedly agree that it's a lot of white bread. Definitely going to start working some other flours into the mix, and hoping to check out their second book soon!

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