I love bread…ok I love carbs. If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island for the rest of my life and had to choose between cake, cookies, brownies or bread. I would choose bread, every single time. Now that my paleo friends are totally freaking out, I should mention I don’t just eat bread (as I take another bite of buttered toast). And as a whole foods eater, I prefer to bake and make my own bread when possible. Although Trader Joe’s has some amazing Half Baked Breads that we really love. Travis and I call these practically homemade…because we do have to finish them in the oven.
Back when I was living in Waco, one of my coworkers introduced me to the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day cookbook. She copied the main recipe for me and I went to town baking, every once in a while. This was a time when I was working 40 hours a week and my husband was in school working for his Master’s degree. Our diet was so bad then. Now, almost 3 years later. I can say we have made life altering changes to our diet. Travis has lost weight and we eat more homemade meals than ever. I have also added homemade bread to the mix, since I am home. The first time I made bread in California it came out a little dense. Heavier than ever before. Nothing changed. I followed all the rules, it rose exactly the way it was supposed to. All I can think of is my flour was packed down. So before making your own bread, especially from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day Cookbook. I highly recommend you sift. Not like ‘don’t touch the bowl freak out’ sift but just add some air to the flour and lighten it up.
My favorite thing about this cookbook is once you have mastered the Master Recipe, the possibilities are endless. And I love going from Master Recipe Artisan Bread to flavored Flatbreads, Beignets, Ethnic breads from all over the world, Savory breads to Sweet dessert breads. I borrowed my copy from the library. If you enjoy cooking and baking but don’t want to spend $40 on a cookbook I recommend a visit to the library. Borrow it, cook a few things out of it and if you LOVE it go buy it! The worst is having a cookbook you don’t cook out of.