I didn’t believe until I tried it. And now I can’t imagine my life without it.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is a cookbook that gives you the easiest, most unbelievable bread recipe. My friend Suzanne hooked me on this, and I just have to spread the good news.
I’m not kidding! 5 minutes! You DO NOT HAVE TO KNEAD THIS DOUGH!
Just throw 4 ingredients in a bowl, and let it sit. When you are ready to bake it, you take out a hunk and give it a few squeezes into shape, and bake it. And it is crusty and delicious.
I’m going to give you the Master Recipe, but you really need to get the book because there are a ton of variations.
3 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tbs yeast
1 1/2 tbs kosher or sea salt
6 1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached all-purpose flour
(they do have whole wheat recipes, but this is not one)
You mix it (no kneading!) and let it sit for 2 hours at room temp.
Then put in the fridge for a while (at least a few hours, and up to two weeks) covered loosely until you are ready to bake it. When you are ready (are you ready yet?) to bake it, just cut off a hunk about the size of a grapefruit, form it into a ball with just a little flour to help keep it from sticking to your hands, then give it some slash marks, let it hang for 20 minutes on the counter,
and then bake for 25 minutes at 450 on a pizza stone dusted with cornmeal. (oh yeah, and place a small pan of water on the rack under the bread which creates steam and helps the crust get crusty).
And then? EAT IT. And don’t worry, b/c you have 3 more loaves waiting in the fridge.
Read the book for the whole story and all the things you can make from this base. One EASY variation was pizza dough. Here are Reed and Ella choosing their toppings.