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There is no better bread!,
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This review is from: ARTISAN BREAD IN 5 MINUTES A DAY: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking (Hardcover)
I use this book every single day. I no long buy bread from the supermarket, because it just doesn't compare to the amazing loaves you can make from this book. It takes a little longer than 5 minutes a day, the initial preparation takes around 20 minutes, rising time of 1-2 hours initially and 20-40 minutes each loaf and whatnot is not included, but it is easy, it involved NO kneading and the results are FANTASTIC.
The only bad thing I can say about this book is the lack of colour photos, it would be nice to have one every recipe, but you can manage without it. I am working my way through this book, and so far my favourite has to be Challah. The bread is soft, slightly sweet and very palatable. Today I just made myself Italian Semolina bread, which is delicious and nutty. The recipes make a huge amount of dough, enough for many loaves, but it is supposed to last the whole week; if you are a small family and you wont use it all, try halving it, it's really very simple.
If you are still making bread using bread machines or kneading your own dough, then I seriously recommend trying this book, because I spent years making my own bread by kneading and kneading, and the result was NEVER as nice as the loaves from this book. The crust is crisp and the inside is soft but not too dense, and unlike most homemade breads, it doesn't go rock hard when cold. The broiler is the secret to a loaf that isn't impossible to chew. And it's cheap to make too, because you don't need bread flour, we use value plain flour and it is perfect. It helps though to add at least 1 cup of strong flour to give it some extra "oomph" and I recommend ignoring some of the cooking times if they say 35 minutes, try 25 - it's usually done.
All in all, I truly love this book, my children will grow up on freshly made bread every morning, what more can they ask for?