Tuesday, April 27, 2010

That darn Jamie Oliver!!

Honor and I are going to weigh 11 billionty pounds because of that darn Jamie Oliver!! A few posts back I mentioned that I was going to try to adopt a healthier lifestyle with my food, using fresh ingredients and making things from scratch because then I know what goes into the food (lest we have one of those obscenely gross chicken nuggets). But one thing I had not tackled until today was bread. Because seriously, bread seems to overwhelming. NOT SO! I borrowed this book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day and OH MY GAWD is this bread easy and delicious!! I only made half a batch of the dough in case it was terrible but that will change as of today.

The recipe is really simple. You just mix 5 things together, let the dough rise for 2 hours, and then stick it all in the refridgerator until you bake it. I used a one gallon plastic pitcher to hold my dough in because you want something that will allow the yeast to give off the yeast gases. The best part of this process is that you can break off small hunks at a time and just leave the rest in the fridge for up to 14 days...voila, fresh bread straight from the oven anytime you want it!! Remove blob of dough from fridge, let it rise for 40 minutes then bake for 30...as simple as that! Oh, and did I mention there is absolutely NO KNEADING!!! I don't want to have to exercise for my food, ya know?

The loaf above is my first attempt and although it looks really weird it is unbelievably delicious! The crust was crispy/crunchy and the inside was perfectly baked.

Jamie Oliver is going to have to pay for this!! *munch**munch**munch*


Marlene said...

Oh my gosh...that looks delish. No kneading you say? Incredible!

Tracy said...

Teehee "I don't want to excercise for my food".
This does look good, nothing like warm fresh bread straight out of the oven.
Oh great now I want some baked bread, Off to put some store bought bread in the toaster...just not the same LOL.

Roxanne said...

wow, you have like the midas touch...everything you do turns out cool....scrapbooking, fish tacos, knitting, now bread....is there no end to your awesomeness?