A few weeks ago I bough a copy of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Have been experimenting with it and I just love this book. However, last night I had my moment of glory.
Unexpectedly found myself having a dinner party at 8:30 last night. Had just enough chicken breasts to marinate and grill. Had enough green beans to steam, and plenty of greens for salad. But ack! No bread! Dinner guests wouldn't have cared, of course, as they had overstayed our weekly "happy hour" anyway. Local store was closed. But then I remembered that I had some of the bread dough left in the fridge. Preheated the oven, formed a loaf of bread and everything was done around the same time. Friends were shocked and awed. It was one of those great moments.
If anyone hasn't tried this method of baking bread, I very highly recommend it. It makes baking a loaf of bread almost too easy. In fact, I'm going downstairs right now to mix up another batch. Amazing book. There's a recipe from the book on the NY Times website: