If I could only bake one thing for the rest of my life it would, unequivocally, be bread. I realize that's a bold statement to make, but I'm confident it's the absolute truth.
I love bread and the many creations that can come from this leavened (or unleavened) goodness and I enjoy that despite differences in race, religion and culture we all enjoy and appreciate the role bread has played in our history and in our day to day life. In fact, I love the idea of bread so much that I even take pictures of it when we travel.
Since December 2008 I have been making most of our bread. Not all, but most. It started with the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day phenomenon and has now advanced to Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread recipe. With nothing more than flour, water, salt and a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit of yeast, a hot oven and a pot, this golden, crispy bread is ours a few times a week. This is my staple recipe and while I do make other loaves, and try other recipes, I find myself coming back to this one over and over.
I'm now venturing into other breads, mostly artisanal, and I look forward to sharing them here. But for now I will leave you the link to the recipe for the bread you see above. I did not change one single thing and it was absolutely perfect. And easy-peasy. Enjoy!