Go on, laugh. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time (since last year at least) you’ll know I’m pretty awful at keeping resolutions. We won’t even revisit the past years (although in my defense I have to say last year getting knocked up threw my resolutions for a loop!). So this year, a resolution I can keep. I promise. Why? Because it’s bread (and because I’ve already started it.)
I’m going to bake my way through Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
Now, this book has close to a hundred recipes (I gave up counting at sixty) so I’m making no promises I’ll be done by the end of the year, but I’ll at least be working through it. Also, I’ll go on and say right now one of the recipes is for fish stew, and I can promise you that I’m not making that one. And maybe that olive bread. I loathe olives. We’ll see. Okay, maybe I’ll just make the recipes that look good to me.
What a resolution, right?
But do you really want to argue with a resolution so tempting as this?
So recipe 1/100(?) done!
This is the basic boule recipe the book starts out with and while you can tinker with it, why would you? It’s just about perfect as written. I have found I like to decrease the baking time by about seven minutes and I really like to not rinse out my bucket to get a head start on the sourdough taste for a new batch. (If you buy the book, which I highly recommend, you’ll understand.)
While one of my resolutions is to not gain 100 pounds from this resolution, I’ve found that halving the recipe and baking it in a loaf pan gives about 20 slices (2 WW points a slice.) Which is the perfect amount for a weekend of sandwiches for our little family. The recipe is extremely easy to halve or to double and it bakes up wonderfully, half, whole or doubled.
So who thinks this is a resolution I can really keep? (And who has hips that wish I wouldn’t keep this one!)