A couple of weeks ago, I waxed rhapsodic about a small boule I baked using the techniques in Artisan Baking in Five Minutes a Day. The rest of that batch of dough became a small baguette to eat with another dinner. Immediately upon ridding the container of batch one, I mixed up batch two and plopped it in, ready for the next baking adventure. That turned out to be banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches). Although my baguette was not "authentic" (made with rice flour, although I've read some comments online that strongly suggest not worrying about the rice component and just going with nice, crusty bread) it sure was pretty:
No, the heart shape wasn't intentional. I always have issues making a round pizza. My hands activate the gluten in dough with the slightest touch so I'm usually wrestling with it. And lose.
It. Was. Amazing. While it was baking, it perfumed the house with the most wonderful sweet aroma that lasted for hours and hours. It was a cold and nasty day, typical of the weather we've been having recently, and every time I came in from walking the dog, I was greeted by the sweet perfume of brioche.
I can't recommend Artisan Baking in Five Minutes a Day enough. I'm not a big fan of hyperbole, but I can almost say that the book changed my life. It certainly has changed my bread-eating ways for the better.
OK, I'm getting this book next. Especially since I cannot find brioche anywhere. I happened to have some pizza dough in the fridge (Peter Reinhart recipe), and now I'm really hungry.
I guess I don’t have the words to tell you how incredible your brioche looks. I could almost smell it the way you described it. And that bread…hmm…not to forget the pizza and that unintentional heart shape was great. Thanks for the article.
Thanks for the heads-up about the book. The Amazon reviews seem to match yours.
I have been making more home-made breads in the past year with varying degrees of success. I look forward to learning more and this book looks like it would be a big help!
So happy you tried the brioche and enjoyed it. Your pictures look so delicious I may just have to run upstairs and mix up a batch.
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