Monday, May 4, 2009

Baking Bread

So, for several months now I've been using the 5 minute bread recipe published in the October issue of Mother Earth News

I've made the basic bread a lot.

And pizza dough every friday for dinner:

I got the cookbook about a month ago, but until this past weekend hadn't actually tried any of the other recipes.

I finally got around to trying the soft white bread recipe (the kids and husband resist the wheat stuff. Me - I love whole grains - the nuttier and chewier the better. Them? Wonder Bread Please) I've been buying whole grain white, but I would still love to perfect a sandwich loaf at home.

This isn't quite it. But it's close. It's a little heavier than a store loaf - and mine didn't rise quite as high. But the flavor is good. The 10 year old liked it. At the very least it would make a great bread for grilled cheese and french toast.

You don't knead. At all. Just mix it all up - work the flour in, but don't knead!

Cover, but not airtight - and let sit at room temp for 2 hours (I've also put it right in the fridge and it's been just fine

After about 2 hours it will look sort of like this.

Then you're ready to use it if you want - or put it in the fridge. The dough is easier to work with if it's cold.

I think maybe part of the reason the bread didn't rise exactly right is because I didn't follow the next step. I'm so used to making round bread and pizza, I left it to rise like that -instead of in the bread pan.

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes

You can see how they aren't quite high and fluffy

I'm definitely going to give this recipe a few more tries. I think it has some real potential

The authors also include many recipes on their website: artisan bread in five

Now, I'm off to make some lovely bread bags like over at SouleMama (I reference her a lot, I know!)


Sara said...

SouleMama is pretty amazing. I want to see your bread bags when you get them done. The bread looks good. I still think I need a bread maker. :) Great post!

gardenofsimple said...

Sara - I was relying on a bread maker for a while, because I tried for YEARS to make yeast bread with no luck.

Since finding the 5 minute recipe I haven't used the bread maker at all. This is even easier! Have you tried it (the recipe) yet? It's so worth it!

Barefoot Goddess said...

Love your Pizza Crystal! Also, I agree that the 5 minute bread recipe is amazing, I've used it too and works so well!