Artisan Bread

In the search for Amish Friendship Bread I came across 5 min Artisan Bread, sent to me from the same friend. I was very excited about this recipe being that I was almost in the process of purchasing a bread machine, imagine that cost, lol. Therefor I jumped on the BYOB band wagon.

At first I wasn't so sure about my ending product being that I was under the assumption that I would no longer have to buy bread again. The only bread I buy, besides Pillsbury, is loaf bread therefor this recipe was not saving me millions at the grocery store through out the year, but it is a very inexpensive way to portray being in the kitchen all day for those nights of entertainment or family get togethers, especially during the holiday seasons.

I was disappointed that the title carried "in 5 min" being that I have yet to see where it only takes me 5 min, yet none the less I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe and find it worth sharing. All it takes is a few hours but the hours are not filled with on going actions, basically you just mix the ingredients;
1 1/2 tablespoon of dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoon of kosher salt
3 cups of lukewarm water
6 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
in a 40 cup plastic container with a lid let it set and rise for about 2-5 hours and that is it. NO KNEADING!

After that you can break of a grapefruit size chunk and bake it sending the rest to the refrigerator with the lid set on lightly. The dough will last 2 weeks tops allowing you to bake of that loaf of dough for 2 weeks, all it takes is a grapefruit size ball of dough;
use flour to prevent sticking
Mold into shape
slash cuts on top side of mold, preventing breakage
bake in the oven at 450 for 30 min
pour a small amount of water in a shallow pan on the lower rack creating steam then close then oven door.

The book suggest you use a Pizza Peel and dusting a little corn meal on top of it but I have yet to purchase one and am still satisfied. For answers to your questions read the comments listed here and for a directional video go here.

The book also contains many more recipes in which I can not wait to share my results on.

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