This post first appeared in December 2018, to share my enthusiasm for the easy “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes” method of baking bread that yields such excellent and reliable crusty loaves. Since so many folks have taken to baking these days in our current stay-at-home COVID-19-avoiding world, I’ve decided to repost it today.
If you don’t have one of their cookbooks, you can try out their basic Master recipe on their website (click here), using just flour, water, kosher salt and yeast. Their website has a lot of info and many fun recipes, and the authors even respond to questions. Of course, the books are excellent resources with more in-depth instructions. I hope you’ll check any of this out, and let me know if you try baking Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes.
On Saturday I had a big thrill for my Ever-Baking-Loving heart: I got to meet one of the authors of some of my favorite cookbooks, the “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes” series. I have been a big fan since the first one came out in 2007, so I was thrilled when I heard Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. (yes, a bread-baking doctor) would be signing at a local independent bookstore. I hadn’t even known a new book was coming out, but I instantly wanted it: Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day. (Swoon!)
If you’ve ever drooled over The Great British Bakeoff or wished you could fill your kitchen with the aroma of freshly baked bread, these books could be for you too… or for that baker or wanna-be on your holiday shopping list. Continue reading
It’s two months-plus since my knee replacement and I’m finally be able to cook again — yay! In the last year, anything that involved standing or walking made me wince and have to sit down. I’d been relegated to a sous chef; I could chop things sitting at the table while Bob handled the stove and oven. I do like to cook and bake, so I missed it.
This new development has got me looking at cookbooks again. I do have quite a collection, some favorites, some I’ve never used but want to explore. Just looking at them has me remembering how I taught myself to cook decades ago. Continue reading