In January, I wrote about a book I had just purchased, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Since that time, I have baked a lot of bread. There has not been a time when the dough was not rising in my refrigerator. I have not baked frequently, because it would be just too overwhelming to the waistline. Bread and ice cream are my favorite foods. I do not keep ice cream in the house because I could not leave it alone. Bread is something else. It needs to be baked which takes time.
Today, before dinner, The Trout asked if we were having bread. I told him I need 1 hour and 10 minutes to get the bread formed, raised, baked and out of the oven. Timing was perfect. You see, making bread this way is so very convenient. The author of the book describes the bread as having a "custard crumb." That is the perfect description. It is not a dry bread, although the crust gives a wonderful loud crunch as you bite into it. The center of the bread is almost creamy like. Not exactly like Italy or France, but we do enjoy it. Sure beats store-bought bread.
The Trout has not tried to make this bread yet, but it is so very simple, anyone can do it. If you love bread as we do, buying this book and trying it will be so worth it.