Thursday, April 24, 2008

The goodness of bread

The hubby has been learning how to make bread. It all started with making pizza dough. He has since turned into quite a pizzaiolo aka pizza maker. From pizza dough it was a short leap to bread making. For his birthday last year he got this book from my mom.

The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart. This book has a James Beard Cookbook of the Year Award as well as the IACP Book of the Year Award. Peter Reinhart is the mover and shaker in the artisanal bread movement in America. My favorite baguette/pizza dough recipe comes from this book. It is all time! The hubby has also made wheat bread and whole grain bread. I am a happy little taster for all the bread endeavors.

Last week I bought him a new book
Book: Artisan Bread
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. In this book you make a 5 quart bucket full of dough that sits in the fridge for up to 14 days. When you want bread you take a grapefruit size ball from the mother dough and let it sit out for 20 minutes to rise and then bake. BAM-O and you have fresh baked bread.

Here is Monday night's bread.
Monday bread1

This was delicious with honey slathered all over it. It was also good the next day as a sandwich bread with grilled chicken breast (leftovers), arugula and gouda cheese.

Here is Today's bread

Today for lunch was black forest ham, swiss, and arugula.

The interesting thing about this dough is that the flavor ripens and develops the longer it is in the fridge. So you never really have the same loaf of bread. How great is that? The dough was really simple to make. The hubs didn't even bust out the KitchenAid mixer. Now he wants to take me to Paris so we can taste bread at famous boulangeries. Fresh bread and trips to boot. Now this is a good thing!


DarcyArtsy said...

I could lick my monitor, those look so good. You know I am a big fan of Joe's pizzas and every loaf I have tasted and anytime you are ever in need of another tester, I'm your girl!

Bitterbetty said...

okay I'm inspired... but I'm trying to lose a pound or 10 and all that yummy bread is my Waterloo.
Heck with it... I'll just walk more.

Zoe Francois said...

Hi. Your bread looks fantastic! Thank you so much for trying out the book and sharing it with your readers.

As you make your way through it you might want to stop by at our website and print out the errata sheet. It lists all the mistakes that we missed while editing!

Have fun in Paris!

Zoe Francois

sappmama said...

Joe makes the BEST bread!