Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

I've been wild about this book ever since I first read it. And I hear great things about it. Not being much of a cook, I can't say that I've actually tried it yet. But I will, I will. Probably. Eventually.

What's really holding me back is that I don't really have the proper equipment. Or room in the fridge to store the dough. Or, well, the ambition, actually.

But I love the IDEA of getting up every morning and popping a fresh batch of dough into the oven, and having fresh-baked, homemade rustic bread every day. I guess what I really want is to live with someone who bakes.

Nevertheless I think this book would make a great gift for someone who does bake, at least a little. The premise of the technique is that you mix a big batch of bread dough (only 4 ingredients for the basic model), right in the container that you're going to store it in. And then every day you chop off a chunk, let it rise for 20 minutes, and then slap it in the oven. (Rising and baking time doesn't count against your daily five minutes of active preparation.) The dough keeps for a good long while, and you don't even have to wash out the container between batches!

If you'd like to know more about this technique, I have a whole Squidoo lens dedicated to the book. There's even a little video by the authors where they demonstrate it.

Monday, August 30, 2010

I don't think there's a little girl alive who doesn't love unicorns. Some of us never quite get over it, either. I just love this pretty Winter Fairy on her Unicorn from Amazon.com.

Like unicorns? See more at my Squidoo lens, Unicorn Collectibles.