Sunday, January 18, 2009

Artisan Bread at Home

As I have mentioned many times, The Trout and I love bread. My mother-in-law baked wonderful bread, and I grew up with a brick oven that was heated by burning wood in the oven and then removing it before putting in the loaves of bread. This was in one of our community towns. The best darn bread...until I lived in Europe. Actually, we try all breads when we travel overseas and just love them. At home, we don't eat bread very often because we try to keep the carbs down.

I have never been an excellent bread baker and I will admit it, but I do make a fairly decent baguette, actually 4 at a time. It does take time though. So, when I saw that "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" was on sale at Amazon, I waited frantically until it arrived. Within 1 1/2 hours, had the the bread dough in the refrigerator. It was so simple. This morning, I took out enough dough to make one boule. It worked great! I have been holding off cutting into it because it really is best to let it cool, but I did want to share the picture with you.

And yes, even my daughters could do this if they were so inclined. Maybe next time we get together, I'll give a lesson....


  1. Susan, it looks beautiful. Bon Appetite! There are few things more enjoyable then the aroma of yeast bread as it bakes.

  2. Anonymous12:31 PM

    Oh, that looks delicious. I grew up with the aroma of freshly baked bread every day. In my early years we had a wood burning stove and I actually think the bread tasted better than when we got the modern gas stove. Nothing smells better than bread baking. It still makes my mouth water when I think about it. And yes, the bread in your home community certainly was some of the best I have ever tasted, except for some in Europe. RW

  3. You are being rather modest my dear about your breadmaking ability! I can attest wholeheartingly that you are a very good breadmaker but that is just one of your abilities as a wife and pal!!

    the trout!!

  4. I think the Trout can attest that the bread was great!! The best part is, there is more dough in the refrig and more to bake. Oh yum!!

    RW-wish you were here to partake...

  5. Anonymous9:07 PM

    The Trout-- Dale-- is right. My mouth still waters for the french bread you used to make for our old wine tasting days in Eau Claire. It was THE BEST!
    I cooked all weekend. Chicken Tettrazini and a roast tonight. Filling up my son as he heads out for his first real teaching experience in his practicum this semester.
    would have loved some of that bread-- hmmm hmmm Good!

  6. Erika7:40 AM

    Yes, I would love a lesson. Josh and Rachel would love a bite too. Starting to teach Josh a little about cooking. Rachel loves the cooking shows. Made homemade meatballs yesterday, they loved it. We got our 1/4 cow on Sat. Brian cracked open the T-bones for the broiler. VERY GOOD. Have a great week, E

  7. Gloria4:36 PM

    I love that you are having so much fun with the Artisan breads. The loaf looks fabulous. Your bread, this blog, and YOU are amazing!