homemade bread

Ok, at the risk of receiving a lot of eye rolls and “whatever“s at how domestic and Martha Stewart-y this is, I have got to tell you what I just made. The other day I was perusing Apartment Therapy and they had reviewed a book about baking your own artisan, non-kneaded bread in 5 minutes a day. Sounds crazy, non? But as the avid lover of bread that I am, of course I had to check this out.

Remember back in the day when bread machines were all the rage? Mom had one, and so did Grandmother. I remember going to Grandmother’s house and she had been making yummy bread and it was so fun to cut into it.

This process is a little more hands-on than the bread machine, but let me tell you, it was so easy. Flour, salt, and yeast. That’s it. And that’s the basic recipe for a boule and then you can do variations on this theme. The basic recipe produces enough for quite a lot of bread. You can leave it in your fridge for up to two weeks and just cut off as much as you need and bake it.

So I was curious. I had Simon go to the grocery store to get yeast, since we had everything else. And the process began. While admittedly I’m thinking that this will take more than the aforementioned 5 minutes a day, it turned out a remarkably delicious loaf of bread with very limited effort. The initial output of time is awhile, allowing for the rising time, but I can see that once you’ve made the initial dough, it really would take no time at all to just cut off a hunk and stick it in the oven.

Anyway, delicious. Can’t wait to try other variations on it. We’ve been gnoshing on yummy, delicious, crunchy-crust bread all evening, slathered in butter and French jam.

I think I have died and gone to heaven.

Oh, get the entire recipe here without having to buy the book. Nice!

Ok, speaking of food, this last week was The Week of the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Spaghetti, or, How I Love My Family  & Feed Them Things Garnished with Cheese. You should love your family by making it for them too. It’s that good.