Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baking Artisan Bread

Why do I do this to myself?  I'm trying to be a faithful, fit paleo-eater, but I REALLY want to be a baker creating beautiful desserts and baked goods.  I'm impressed by disciplined Crossfit athletes, but I'd love to cook like Paula Deen feeding family and friends all sorts of home-cooked-with-love delicious meals.  Cooking and baking makes me happy.  It relieves stress.  But just looking at it and not eating it is utterly the pits.  Oh well.  It's the life.  I continue to dream and bake for our family.

One cookbook I've been eyeing, but not buying is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day.  It's on my wish-list, but hasn't made it to the "buy" list yet.

Thanks to the gift of YouTube, I was able to find a great recipe and tried it.

It was so easy and I was so happy with the results!  I think our kids were pleased with it too considering one loaf was gobbled up in minutes.

Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
3 cups warm water
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Bake at 450 for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Add yeast to large bowl


Add salt

Add flour

Stir briefly until flour is mixed in

Cover and let rise

Allow to rise 2 hours

Looking good!

After 2 hours

They suggest shaping a grapefruit-sized ball into a loaf

Allow loaves to rise 40 minutes

on cornmeal covered wood surface

Forming more loaves

Little cuties!

Cut before baking

Ready for the oven

The stone is HOT! 450 degrees  Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Done!  The kids are already requesting bread bowls for soup.

Buttered up and ready to eat!

So easy with GREAT RESULTS!


The Horne's said...

What temp? And how long did it take to cook!? The video didn't say and either did you, ha! :-D

Kimberly said...

Great question! I think I baked at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Bake 20-30 or until golden brown. Thanks for catching that;)

Ariel said...

Ahhh-mazing bread.. and meal for that matter. Thank you for such a treat!