I love bread. I reckon I am the about last person in the world who would go on a no-carb diet - even the idea makes me feel a little sad :)
I also love to bake. But cakes, pies, biscuits etc... I've never made bread. That's for two reasons: 1. My kitchen storage is limited and there is no room for a breadmaker and 2. It always just seemed far too difficult to do by hand.
Then, on Facebook (I think via Mira Lyn Kelly?), I saw this book mentioned, and raved about: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Five minutes? And also no kneading? Right - I was a sold! So I ordered the book, and waited impatiently for it to arrive.
Now, the 5 minute thing refers to the effort of mixing the ingredients together - being yeast-based breads, there is of course some rising time. But - really - it was all far simpler than I imagined. I just bunged the ingredients into a big plastic container, took a minute to stir it together, then left on the bench to rise before putting the container in the fridge over night. Then all I had to do was take off a hunk of dough as needed - given the dough lasts for 14 days, and the mixture makes enough for about four small loaves - this was really efficient.
|From my first batch of dough!|
|The best home made pizza, ever!|
Then I got a bit fancy. First was raisin bread, at the request of my husband. And then banana bread. Both were more effort - having to rise after mixing, then rise another few hours in the loaf tin - but still - totally worth it. There is nothing quite like the smell of baking bread in my house :) I still have half the banana bread dough in the fridge, so I'll bake that tonight, ready for breakfast Saturday morning.
Oh - and before I forget - my second release, A Girl Less Ordinary, is part of the very exciting Riva re-launch in the UK! Here is the gorgeous cover, but you can find out all about the books at the Mills & Boon UK site, as well as by checking out the super sexy Riva Facebook App!