Have I mentioned I love this book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Such a great concept. Mix up enough dough for four loaves or so of bread (we make the larger sandwich loaves so we get maybe three from a batch), let it rise for a couple hours, throw it in the fridge & then whenever you want a fresh loaf of bread cut of what you need, shape it, let it rise a bit & bake it. Seriously easy & seriously fast. My sister mentioned she'd love to have some homemade bread so Saturday morning when we got up at 8 I cut off the dough for it & before we left for her house at noon I had a loaf cooling ready to go to her. I was a big fan of the No Knead Bread but this I feel is even easier. I know some reviews on Amazon say this isn't real European bread & you have to knead bread for it to be "real" but homemade bread that's quick, easy & tastes great, I guess I like this "fake" stuff.
So far I mainly done the master recipe which they suggest you should, well, master before trying the variations. We've been baking it in a loaf pan as I said for what they call the Crusty White Sandwich Bread.
You get a really nice crust, thanks to cooking it with a little steam & a soft lovely crumb. So good we've stopped buying sandwich bread at the store & I just make a loaf whenever we need it. Since the store bread we like costs over $3.00 a loaf & this costs something like 10 - 15 cents to make the saving are great too.
This week I tried a slightly different variation. We had purchased some Red River cereal which is basically cracked wheat, rye & fax seed as an alternative to oatmeal.
It was really bland as a hot cereal so Matt suggested trying it in bread. I put a half cup of the cereal into the master recipe & cut the flour down by about 1/4 of a cup.
It added a nice extra crunch to the bread & the rye & flax added some wonderful extra flavor.
I just sent my Dad a copy of the book as he has been making No Knead Bread like there is no tomorrow so I'm interested to hear how this method works for him