Bread is one of those foods that I always want to make, but which never quite works out the way I think it should. The problem, I know, is that I'm an impatient cook. I cook everything too hot and too fast, and if I'm trying to make bread, I don't want to wait for dough to rise or knead it as long as I should.
Despite knowing that this is one of my biggest faults, I still don't do "no-knead" bread very often.
However, one of the food blogs I follow, How to Eat a Cupcake, did a no-knead boule from "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" last week, and I thought I'd give it a shot.
My first loaf was better than I thought it would be, given that I didn't refrigerate it at all - it looked a little odd, but tasted OK. I made the second loaf the next day, and it was better, but still not exactly right. I think I know what I did wrong, though, so I'll try again in the future.
I'm almost always willing to follow a link that one of the blogs I read recommends, so I went to the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day website. Very awesome - makes me want to bake bread every day! Which would not be good for my diet.
However, I am trying the Lemon-Poppyseed Mini-Brioches. I halved the recipe, and made the dough yesterday, putting it in the fridge overnight. I only have one decent muffin tin, so it'll be an all-day project, I think ... or possibly all weekend.
Right now, the first round of dough is resting in the muffin tin (although I look at the photo on the website now, and I don't think I used enough dough. Well, there's always the next round ...)
Photos to come when the camera's batteries recharge ...
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