There are few virtues a man can possess more erotic than culinary skill.
Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses
by Isabel Allende

Starting in November of 2009 Michelle at the Big Black Dog formed a group to bake its way through Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Zoë François and Jeff Hertzberg. I loved Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, so I signed up with the group. Michelle first had us do a couple of warm-up assignments, which were my first attempt at blogging. The first "Official" post was on January 15, 2010, and it was followed by 41 more, on the 1st and 15th of each month. When I signed on I said I would bake the whole book, and like Horton (the elephant) I meant what I said and I said what I meant. I finished baking the book on October 1, 2011. Having completed that challenge, now I am just going to do some stuff, and post about it. As part of that stuff Michelle is posing a new, and different, challenge for us each month.

I am still baking bread, mostly the Five Minutes a Day kind, and if you would like to try the Five Minutes a Day bread method there are some links, with recipes, in the right hand column to get you started. Please give it a try.

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This day be bread and peace my lot.
Alexander Pope

How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?

Julia Child

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
Yiddish proverb
(And some are only half baked.)

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw, via Sharon

Of all smells, bread; of all tastes, salt.
George Herbert

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New AB in 5 Baker (Bonus Feature)

Like many AB in 5/HB in 5 converts I constantly proselytize (some might say bore), encouraging  anyone who will listen, and some who would just as soon not listen, to try this great method of baking bread.  Although my efforts have met with some success, the one area I have failed utterly is with my three beautiful daughters, who have been more than happy to eat the fruits of my labors without having to labor themselves—UNTIL NOW!
My youngest, smartest, most beautiful, and now absolute favorite daughter Becca has become an AB in 5 baker.  Here is her first effort, a Rosemary Focaccia made from the AB in 5 Master Recipe.

Becca and her housemate Marissa are continuing to bake their way through their first batch of dough, and and plan to try the HB in 5 Master Recipe next. 
I am so proud.

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