I had a gift card to Barnes and Noble from my birthday last month that had been sitting around a while when I remembered this book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. This feeds into the whole no-knead bread phenomenon of the past year but provides oodles of options. It makes working with yeast–a frightening prospect for some people–not scary at all, as the recipes all begin with simply mixing together flour, water, and yeast and letting it sit. No serious temperature monitoring, no kneading, no worries. You just pop it in the fridge and go from there.
I made some basic boules–little round loaves–this weekend, and they were very tasty, with a good crust. What I’m intrigued by are the variations: pizza doughs, brioche, pecan rolls, you name it. I plan to start experimenting with them in the near future and will let you know how it goes. If anyone has any suggestions on must-try recipes from the book, I’m all ears!