I know there has been a lot of talk about Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and I have to say that it is totally worth it! I've posted before about my success with the basic recipe, but I had to post again since I am finding out just how awesome this concept is.
First of all, this time I didn't bring out my stand mixer -- instead I just put all the ingredients in a bowl and gave it a good stir with a wooden spoon. This is the same bowl I'm using to store the dough in my fridge, so there is really nothing (except a wooden spoon!) to clean up. Easy, right?
So I made a loaf of bread to have with dinner on Tuesday, and I wanted something different for Thursday. I had some yummy cremini mushrooms -- I am *so* on a mushroom kick -- and cooked them up with some tomatoes to have over pasta, so I decided to make an Italian style herbed bread. Sounds fancy? Well, really all I did was take a hunk of the dough out of the bowl, roll it out, smear on a little olive oil, sprinkle on parmesan cheese and Italian herbs and rolled it up. I left it to rise a bit on the radiator and popped it in the oven. Fresh bread for dinner and it literally took me 5 minutes!
Once thing I love about all of this is there is usually a little bit of bread left over from dinner which I can stick in the toaster oven and have with lunch the next day. Yeah!