Several posts ago, I mentioned that I bought one of my favorite books as a gift for my friend Becky for her birthday. I also mentioned that I would be posting about it later. Well, this is that post. And this is that book – Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day!
I really can’t say enough about it. With a few weeks to go before Christmas last year, I decided I wanted to add some bakeware to my Christmas list. I wanted to try my hand at baking bread, but I really had no idea what to do or even what to get. I did some research on bread making, and this book was pretty much at the top of the list. So I added it, and a baking stone, to my Christmas list – and boy, am I ever glad I did! This book really has revolutionized baking in my home. Now, I bake bread all the time – full-flavored, soft on the inside and crusty on the outside, delicious artisan bread. I rarely buy bread at the store anymore, and there’s no end to the variations of loaves to be made. I always have a batch of dough in my fridge ready to go – and it really is easy! If you’re interested, check out the authors at their website. They’re coming out with a new book in October, and I can hardly wait!
Okay, I will end the shameless plug now (and no, they didn’t pay me to say all that). I’ll end this post with one of my favorite breads to make using the master recipe from their website: pepperoni bread!
Servings: 10 (slices)
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- 1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
- 6 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with your baking stone and a broiler pan inside. Mix the yeast and salt in with the water.
Add in the flour.
Mix it all together.
The dough after rising for about two hours:
The dough rolled out, and ready for the filling to be added!
A sprinkling of mozzarella cheese…
…and pepperoni, of course!
Rolled up, dusted, and ready to go in the oven.
Slide the dough onto the baking stone, and pour one cup of water into the broiler pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Here it is finished baking and cooling on a rack:
A slice fresh from the oven!