A while back, I picked up a copy of this bread book at Barnes and Noble and flipped through it, but the promise of good bread with minimal effort sortof seemed too good to be true. But then Amy over at Angry Chicken (one of my favorite blogs) had all these raves about it, so I decided I needed to get a copy and try it out.
Oh my gosh. It IS almost too good to be true! But it works! I had no idea that homemade bread could be so easy! Our house smells like a bakery now. I love it!
Basically, the idea is that you make this huge hunk of dough at the beginning of the week (it takes no more than 5 minutes in the mixer), let it rise, store it in the fridge, and chop of a chunk every day for baking. (Their website has some good info.) One recipe will make all kinds of things...baguettes, challah bread, pita pockets... Obviously, most bread has to bake for more than five minutes, but the time you spend actually working with the bread is so minimal.
But the pita really does only take five minutes. We are big fans. I think we've made them about 5 times in the last few weeks. They are so easy to make, and it's fun to watch them puff up in the oven.
They're not perfectly circular, but they are tasty!
Can't wait to show you some of the other bread from this book!