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Old 07-23-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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I'm tired of commercial bread

I've been watching bread rise.... to the tune of $3.89 a loaf. And when you buy the store brand it's tasteless and gummy. I don't like thick sliced bread, and when I started buying Peppridge Farms thin sliced bread, it jumped to almost four dollars. I don't eat sandwiches that often and end up tossing a half loaf of wasted, stale bread. Then one day I picked up a loaf of sour dough from the store's bakery. I'm hooked. Not only can you slice it the way you want, it's loaded with flavor. I've been slicing off a couple of pieces and slathering them with butter and toasting them in a frying pan. Sandwiches are suddenly much more interesting. I can slice it thicker for garlic bread. An inch thick for croutons and it lasts over two weeks in the fridge. When it gets a little too stale I use it for bread crumbs. And, it's a buck fifty a loaf. This is the best thing I've found since, well, sliced bread.

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Old 07-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:50 PM   #3
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I'm with you! I'm fortunate that there are two sources for freshly baked artisan bread at a reasonable price ($2.50 or less for a large loaf). We have a Mennonite bakery just down the street, and our Wal-Mart also carries artisan loafs that are very good. Of course, I will also tackle baking bread about once a month, but I have to be in the mood. For bread about to go bad, I make tasty "Easy Make - No Burn Croutons" and keep them either in the refrigerator or I freeze them.
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:56 PM   #4
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:08 PM   #5
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Check out this thread on the NY Times no kneed bread. It will change your bread eating life.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:29 PM   #6
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Phil,
You might like this book: Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day.
The author's of the book Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois have an additional book coming out in October.Amazon has it on sale for $18.45.
I've tried almost every recipe in the book..The Master's Recipe alone makes 4-1 lb artisan bread loaves.
Wait until you have a panini sammich with that bread.Better yet bruschetta's!
It's pretty good.

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Old 07-23-2009, 08:54 PM   #7
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Check out this thread on the NY Times no kneed bread. It will change your bread eating life.

I whole heartily agree. After moving south, I couldn't find any good bakeries
(things New Englanders take for granted) And now whenever I'm in the mood for a good crusty loaf it's as good as done.
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:32 PM   #8
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Phil,
You might like this book: Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day.
The author's of the book Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois have an additional book coming out in October.Amazon has it on sale for $18.45.
I've tried almost every recipe in the book..The Master's Recipe alone makes 4-1 lb artisan bread loaves.
Wait until you have a panini sammich with that bread.Better yet bruschetta's!
It's pretty good.

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Does that work well for you? I've never had much luck with their recipes.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:18 PM   #9
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Does that work well for you? I've never had much luck with their recipes.
I use the recipes from the book too, it works well for me .
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:25 AM   #10
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Jet,
The first few loaves didn't turn out that well for me.
It was just a matter of learning how to work with wet dough.
Now it's not a problem at all.
I'm still learning from that book.Eating well as I do it :)

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