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No Need to Knead – Handmade
artisan breads in 90 minutes
If you love cooking you will likely have wanted to try
baking your own bread but it’s equally possible that you lost your
nerve and didn’t bother. It’s baking and that is culinary alchemy; and
then you add yeast into the equation and, well, how does that work?
I have never had any success with a bread-making machine. One isn’t
in contact with the ingredients and I think that’s what’s important.
The pleasure is feeling the dough come to life and having that
comforting aroma of bread fresh from the oven filling the kitchen (I
think estate agents have a spray for that!) Somehow a box with a buzzer
never gives the same result and there is always that unsightly hole in
the middle of the loaf.
No Need to Knead – Handmade artisan breads in 90 minutes suggests
breads that are simple to make even during the week when you would
normally reach for Mothers Pride (can you still get that?) Remember
that 90 minutes doesn’t represent an hour and a half of work, it’s just
the time it takes from flour in the bowl to bread on the table.
Pizza has been demoted over time to a cheap and nasty, and often
bizarre, cooked open sandwich. In reality it’s not that cheap from the
take-away, though still often nasty. Pizza base is simple to make at
home and is bound to be more economic than the one arriving on the back
of a moped. You will have your own bespoke toppings and can divide your
pie to allow the kids to make their own sections, or why not encourage
the children to make the bread from scratch and make small pizzas.
The author, Suzanne Dunaway, has included some delightful recipes using
left-over bread and I am rather taken with her Bread and Cheese
Soufflé. It’s another one of those dishes for feeding a crowd
without breaking the bank. This would be a delightful summer lunch with
just a green salad or with some roasted vegetables as a more
My pick of the recipes is Fougasse de Collioure. This bread looks
special and just the kind of loaf one would seek in a smart artisanal
bakery, a delicious bread with that traditional shape that one finds in
southern France. The crust is rich and glossy and the sprinkle of
large-grain sea salt adds so much to the flavour. This is the bread to
take on a picnic as it won’t readily dry out.
This book will be enjoyed by a novice baker who will gain confidence
making these recipes, but it will be just as appreciated by the
experienced cook who will find a battery of classic and contemporary
breads to tempt family and friends.
No Need to Knead – Handmade artisan breads in 90 minutes
Author: Suzanne Dunaway
Published by: Grub Street