If you've had enough of my rambling on about this bread book, just move on to another blog now because this post is all about bread.
I've been reading the newly acquired "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes", from cover to cover since I purchased it and each recipe looks better than the next. My goal is to try every one of them eventually.Yesterday, I made two small baguettes, one for us and one to give to our good friends, who spent much time in Europe and also appreciate good artisan bread.
I'm still working on my shaping technique, but the crust and crumb came out beautifully. This was the first attempt at baking on the stone and the difference in crustiness is definitely worth buying one.
With the last bit of the first batch of dough, we made pizza since we had all the ingredients in the fridge and some beautiful, fresh basil given to us by our friends from their winter garden. Notice how this dough bubbles? It's the sign of a really good dough, in my opinion.H got a little carried away with the toppings. Mushrooms, pepperoni, basil, provolone, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. And unfortunately, we got carried away with eating the final product and forgot to take an after photo. I can, however, tell you that it was delicious.
My dilemma now is how to fit in more exercise so I can work off these extra pounds that will inevitably show up if I continue to eat all this great bread! To that end, H and I are heading out for a long hike in Acadia. It's foggy today, but there is beauty in the fog, as well.
Please take a moment to click below to feed a hungry animal. It's free and only takes a second.
Spike and Sluggo will really appreciate it.