I never thought I’d say this, but… The No-Knead Bread is no longer my favorite bread to make at home.
Nope – now I have a new love – this book called Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (or something like that). The basic premise is that you make a big batch of bread and have it in your fridge for around 10-14 days, and you can grab a hunk-o-dough when you want to make your bread.
Holy mama. New Hawtness, yeeessssss. If you are a bread fanatic like me, this will rock your world.
I had to use the biggest bowl I owned, a big metal one with markings up to 6 quarts on the side. A down side to this method is it takes up a lot of refrigerator real estate.
I grabbed a large handful of fresh dough and shaped it like a wheel. I thought a new shape would be neato to try out. Covered it and let it rest for 40 minutes. You let it rest longer if it’s been in the fridge, but I couldn’t wait. Artisan style bread with short proofing times? Oh, I had to check it out.
After baking, the loaf came out and looked all pretty. Brown and golden, it was crackling as it cooled. How promising! The little slashy marks I put in the dough even came out. (I also need a sharper knife for slashing raw dough. Straight razor?)
After letting the loaf cool for a bit, I sliced in, fingers crossed that it would be tasty. Oh, how tasty it was! And look at that crumb! Phenomenal. The crust was thin and crisp-crunchy. I would liken the crust to a combination of French and Italian style. The book talked about a custardy crumb, which made a whole lot more sense after biting into this. Very moist, and more cohesive than other crumbs I’ve had.
I’ve got another bread for you I created after an inspiring trip to the Farmer’s Market up next!