Daily Bread: 12 Aug 2008

The boy and I have been making bread (almost) every morning for the past few weeks. I find it a relaxing way to start the morning as he picks at breakfast. The loaf in the photo above, I made this morning.

The simplicity of bread-making is compelling. 4 ingredients: flour, water, yeast, salt.

Separate they don’t taste like much (still, each time we make dough, the boy tastes a licked-finger full of each ingredient).

You’ve probably got those 4 items lying around your kitchen. I did.

No HFCS, no extra flavors. Still, this very simple (and forgiving) recipe makes the best bread I’ve had in a decade. Easy.

Custard-y interior with a hard, crusty exterior.

Perfect for a creamy cheese or a thick swath of Nutella.

And I’ve yet to hit reach 5 min/day, it usually takes fewer.

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day