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January 12, 2009

Breaking in a new toy

A while back, before Christmas actually, I treated myself to a little present. It's something that I've been looking for here and there, but it hadn't ever presented itself at the right time. This time however, during a trip to Ikea in Salt Lake City, I found this awesome clay cooking vessel and it was gonna be mine!There were only displays left of the shelf but I would not be deterred. After not taking the standard "We don't sell the displays" line to heart, I found another member of the sales staff and HE agreed that they would since it was the only ones left. I had to pay full price, but really all I was missing was a box...no biggie!

So, what's the big deal? Bread baby...bread. Last year, along with I think everyone in the homesteading blogosphere, I got hooked on the NY Times no knead bread. My problem was, my cast iron pot was 1, too stinky to use in the house (don't ask, long story.) and 2, too big to use in the oven very easily. I have heard of a "la Cloche" to bake in, but that's a tool that can only be used for baking where as this one can serve multi purpose. Also it was cheaper so that was a big selling point as well.

So tonight I christened it, and it baked a bread with a crisp crust, that looks great. I can't wait to get into it.I've been reading about the five minutes a day bread recipe too, any one have any experience with it? I'm not sure it would really fit our needs as a day to day bread. We have three kids in school that need lunch time sandwich bread mostly, but I'd still like to try it out perhaps.

I look forward to playing with this further throughout the year. I'll keep you posted.
Till tomorrow.


Heather said...

I LOVE the Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day! It's super easy, the book has a ton of different options and provides a week's worth of bread (four loaves) with one batch that you just pull out and bake as needed.

ilex said...

I have an ancient Romertopf clay cooker that makes the best pot roasts EVER. Reduces my husband to grateful tears every time I whip that puppy out.

Sarah Beth Jones said...

I haven't tried this recipe yet but Mother Earth News has a recipe for 5-minute a day whole wheat sandwich bread - perfect for lunchboxes!


Anonymous said...

I guess I missed the no-knead bread craze, lol. I'll have to give it a Google. Thanks for posting this!