Last fall, I had read and tried some no-knead bread recipes with success. As much as I enjoy baking, I usually avoided anything that involved yeast and kneading and waiting. I'd thought about a bread machine, I know many people who love them, they often use them for the mixing, kneading and rising part of the task and then bake the bread in the oven. But I just had not spent the money on one. Then my friend Allison told me about a book devoted to no-knead bread. I actually ordered it via my Amazon app right then and there and it arrived two days later. And to be very cliche- The rest was history.
The basic idea behind no-knead bread is that you can just mix the ingredients together, cover and let rise and then bake them in a specific way that allows it to rise again and bake. That's my very, very simple explanation. There is some science involved with the moisture of the dough and letting rise and all that good stuff too. The book that I have, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has really changed my life. It really does take just five minutes and I have really made more bread from scratch and not purchased bread at the store very often. Not just this French style boule loaves in my photos, but sandwich bread and breakfast bread as well.
The primary reason the book titles says that you can make bread in five minutes a day is because when you mix the dough at the quantities given in the recipe, it's enough for several loaves, so after that initial mixing (which is also very easy to do by hand and takes just a few minutes) you let it rise, then you can put it away in the fridge and just pull out some to bake when you want. Easy! The secondary title of the book- The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking is the absolute truth. It's made me want to try other breads and because I've purchases larger quantities of flour and yeast, I always have the ingredients on hand and it saves me money. Besides a large variety of bread recipes, the book includes recipes for dishes you can make with your bread. It's just a fantastic resource and it's been living on my kitchen counter. If you are at all interested in baking breads, I highly recommend you get this book.