Friday, January 28, 2011

Make Your Own Bread

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, has completely changed how my family fixes and eats bread. We bought this book about two years ago and it's been well worth the money.

1. It's easy. No starter to feed, lest you think you've somehow taken on another child to raise. Anyway, that's how I feel about sourdough or Amish Friendship Bread. This is much easier. When we're in a season where making bread is just not on the to-do list (even if it only takes a few minutes) you can put this aside and start again later, when things aren't so crazy.

2. It's versatile. We've made several different types of loaves and just last week Prince Charming made beignets (kind of a New Orleans donut-pastry).The girls are asking for bagels next.

3. It has helped wean the girls (and Prince Charming) off that pasty white "bread" that the supermarket sells. I'm not a food snob by any stretch but buying that type of bread has always annoyed me because there is so little value to it. Little value nutritionally, small joy from eating it (as opposed to ice cream or cookies which are not high value nutritionally but very fun for a special treat) = not worth the money in my book.

Let's face it, almost every meal feels more complete with bread. This book can help.

This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.

This post contains Amazon Associate links. Any action taken with these links could result in compensation for me. Opinions are my own and I encourage you to check your library or Paperback Swap first - these books are worth it!

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