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Simple it's not
on July 5, 2010
I bought this based on the great reviews. After making my first recipe (the light wheat loaf) I have to say, the instructions are anything but simple. It's deceptive because basically there are only 3 steps (first rise, second rise, bake) but there are so many sub-steps within each, and they are written in one long paragraph, that I found myself constantly going back to the book to reread each step. How long to rise? What do I do if I want to refrigerate? The baking step for example, said to bake for 50-60 minutes. But wait, then it goes on to say "put aluminum foil over the top part way through to keep from over browning" then "take the temperature and bake 5 minutes more" or was that 10 minutes? Gack!
I'm not a newbie to bread baking but thought this would be a quick, easy way to make bread during the busy week. Instead, I found myself yearning for the "good old days" of regular bread recipes. Really, all that these new "artisan" bread books save you is the kneading step but they substitute a lot of minutiae with timing, and foil covering and such.
The review gets a star because the bread was ok, perhaps a little yeasty, an overly thick crust and a little bit of a spongy texture in the middle but it was edible.
I'll go back to kneading, thanks.