Bread Making

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. IMG_6612

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.

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