Tinker Verve

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Mmmm…Smell that fresh bread!

Can you smell it?

A friend recently shared with me this new concept in bread-making that she had been trying.

It’s taken from this book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I must say though that the title is a bit misleading…it really takes much less time…like about 30 seconds.

I love making fresh bread so I was immediately intrigued.

She offered to let me write down the recipe but I declined because I told her that I would definitely be ordering the book.  The next day it was all I could think about so I had to call her and say, “I really do want to write down the recipe!”  She brought her book right over and let me borrow it until mine arrived.

All I can say is that it is amazing!  Mixing the dough is quick.  You mix up enough (no kneading) for four loaves.  This dough can be kept in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.  When you want a fresh loaf you literally grab a handful of dough, cut it off,  shape it into a round loaf (this is what takes 30 seconds), let that sit for 1½ hours, bake at a high temp for 30 minutes and then…oh, my!…you have the best, fresh loaf, with a slightly ‘crusty’ crust, to put right on your dinner table.

The book is full of a variety of recipes that work with the master recipe as well as a few others but, so far, I’m just stuck on this one.

They have a blog here.  You’ll notice one of the tabs there, on their blog/website is for ‘errors’.  If you purchase a book that is a first printing, you will need to print off their list of errors.  The list looks daunting but it is mostly the same errors that are consistent throughout each recipe, so they are mentioned repeatedly.

If you’re coming over for a visit and want fresh bread…just say the word!

April 1, 2010 - Posted by | in the kitchen


  1. Yes I can smell it, Mmmmm! How can you only make one loaf at a time? I think I could eat a whole loaf myself as soon as it came out of the oven. Ha! Nothing is better than freshly baked bread! Your pictures looks beautiful.

    Comment by Karoline | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. It is absolutely wonderful! Especially the “heals”! The crunchy texture of the crust and the softness of the inside smothered in butter…it was absolutely perfect with a big bowl (er, make that two big bowls) of homemade ham & bean soup last night. If there’s anything left over, I’d eat it again tonight!

    Comment by Mr T | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. Okay, you brought me out of the woodwork again for this one! I love homemade bread, but never have the time – I think even I could do this!!! If you lived closer to me, I’d be calling to come over for fresh bread and a visit – yum!

    Comment by Rita | April 1, 2010 | Reply

    • I think that you probably do live close enough, Rita – come on over! >

      Comment by Elaine | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. Oh my, I will be right over, oops! got so excited I forgot I’m at work. Darn!!!! Another blog friend also raved about this bread and book. So now I have a copy for me, me, me!!!! So love your blog!

    Comment by junebug | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. Treat your carpenter if you have any left. He’d love it!

    Comment by Rella Gleaton | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  6. I looked at this book and blog just a few weeks ago. Almost ordered it then, but couldn’t decide. Looks like I need to decide. Larelle loves to make sourdough and artisan breads…she’d love this. Thanks for the push over the edge!

    Comment by Julie, berry farm girl | April 1, 2010 | Reply

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