This cookbook delivers incredibly simple and easy recipes for delicious artisan breads. Baking fresh bread at home brings fragrant aromas and fresh tastes, but it also delivers a quintessential home-baking experience. The recipes provide shortcuts for all the mixing, kneading, and baking that takes too much time for busy home cooks. The secrets which are revealed guide the home cook in preparing artisan bread in only five minutes. The recipes are organized by difficulty to guide a baker in progressive steps. From baking a simple French loaf to pretzels, clear instructions with step-by-step illustrations assure success. Some of the easy-to-make and great-tasting breads include: easy artisan focaccia with rosemary, Greek-style pizza, whole wheat pita bread, braided challah, butternut brioche, Minnesota wild rice sticks, marbled bagels, and apple custard kuchen. A special chapter is devoted to toppings and fillings, such as artisan butter, honeyed applesauce, and roasted garlic and onion jam. With just one bowl and very little time, 200 Fast and Easy Artisan Breads guides any home baker to glorious fresh breads.
Judith Fertig is a recipe developer and author. Her recipes are featured regularly on the Food Network and in USA Today.