The past few months I've been secretly obsessed with the book: Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day, written by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. This book is awesome. It's bread making made easy.
Prior to getting the Artisan Bread book I had never tried making my own bread...honestly I'd never made anything using yeast. Just the thought of baking with yeast scared me. It seemed way too involved and complicated.
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day has definitely changed my way of thinking about bread making. Now I know it couldn't be easier and I'm totally addicted. The book demonstrates how with a few basic recipes you can create all kinds of wonderful breads.
So far I've made:
Italian semolina bread with sesame seeds; dense with a nice crunch.
100% whole wheat sandwich loaf; both good and good for you.
Boule (the master recipe)
Focaccia with olive oil and garlic and roasted red pepper fougasse
And last but not least sticky pecan caramel rolls
I think I'll go make a batch of these now...