The Other Two Loaves

After having success with the first artisan loaf baked from the Master Recipe in Zoe and Jeff’s book, Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, I eagerly anticipated baking the rest of the dough. I baked the second loaf only two days after making the Master Recipe and had another great success as well as a great loss. As I plunged the hot water into the pan at the bottom of my oven, some of it splashed upon my 14 year old much seasoned (blackened) and dearly beloved baking stone. As I shut the oven to prevent steam escape I heard her rent in two. May she rest in peace. Spit. Spit. Genuflect. The loaf did not rise as tall as the first loaf but did grow wide. It had many air holes giving it a soft chew under its crusty exterior and the taste was yeasty and delicious (even though I over cooked it a bit, I was grading papers.) We enjoyed it hot right from the oven.

The third and last loaf was not a loaf at all but used as a pizza crust for last night’s dinner. Although it was a little sticky, it rolled out beautifully. Once topped with sauce, cheese and a generous drizzle of olive oil, I baked it in a 450° oven for 10 minutes. The pizza baked up perfectly. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and not as chewy as some crusts I have eaten.

I was only able to get three uses instead of the four promised out of my master batch. My fault, instead of using a normal grapefruit-sized piece of dough for the first loaf, I used a Texas-sized Ruby Red Grapefruit piece of dough. Everything is bigger in Texas, ask my Texan Daddy. Over all I feel this recipe is a life saver to have on hand when a quick pizza or an artisan loaf of bread is craved.


  1. Judy
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    I love this book! My daughter gave it to my birthday. So far I’ve made up several batches of the basic dough, and last week made the challah dough. So easy , so good!

    BTW, are you in the DC area? I’m in Alexandria. Also, my husband was active duty in the early 80’s.

  2. Robin Sue
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 9:29 PM | Permalink

    Judy- This is a great book and once it gets cold again I will make more. I am in Tyson’s. I see you are a knitter! I don’t knit but I do like wearing it. Thanks for stopping by.

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