I've been obsessed with making good bread for years and I've found a few recipes that are good, but none of them are particularly easy or -- more importantly -- quick. So when I saw this book, I knew I had to give it a try.
The book is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, and I have to say that I'm loving it! The concept here is simple -- you make a large batch of dough, stick it in the fridge, and slice off a chunk of it whenever you want fresh bread. The basic dough keeps for 14 days and is easy to mix up (no kneading!) It uses only very basic ingredients and you can do a lot with it. I made a batch of the basic dough and we have had fresh baked bread with dinner 3 times this past week.
The book also includes some other dough recipes and then expands on these so that you can use the dough to make all kinds of different loaves. I'm looking forward to trying one of the richer breads -- like the brioche -- soon.
What I like most about it is that I can make a family sized loaf. There are only three of us, so I hate to make a huge loaf that goes stale before we can use it all. And I also love that you only mix up the dough once every week or so. Taking out all the ingredients and then cleaning up afterward takes most of the time in baking.
I wish I had some bread to show you, but I'm afraid it doesn't stick around for more than about 30 minutes after it comes out of the oven!