I’m back with an update on my February DIY project!  For this month, I decided I wanted to try my hand at making a loaf of bread from the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I have been hearing so many good things about the 5 minute bread lately that I knew I had to try it, as the bread I normally make (if I make any at all) is less than spectacular!

I’m going to make a bold statement… this bread is Amazing!  It turned out really well.  (See picture above, that’s my loaf!) I brought it to my parents for our weekly Sunday dinner and the bread was nearly all eaten before dinner was even started!  It was that good!  And I didn’t fail like last month 🙂

I made the basic Master Recipe, Boule (Artisan Free-Form Loaf).  But since my husband and I like some texture to our bread, I replaced two cups of all-purpose flour for 2 cups whole wheat flour.  It was very nice!  The loaf I made was quite small, I’m not sure if it was supposed to be that small, but it was a perfect size for us.

The book says to use a pizza peel to transfer your dough onto the pizza stone in the oven, but since I don’t have one, I used parchment paper instead.  It worked okay, but I think if I continue making this bread on a regular basis, I’ll invest in a pizza peel to get a better bottom crust and make life easier.

Here’s the link to the Master Recipe I used as well as a great tutorial found on ArtisanBreadinFive.com.   So…do you think you’d give it a try?  It’s so simple and delicious!

Here’s my list of 2011 projects if you missed them:

JanuaryMake homemade pasta.  I received a pasta maker attachment for my Kitchenaid a while ago and I’d love to try it out finally!

February:  Learn to make 5 minute artisan bread.  (Borrow book from library)

March:  Create a headboard for our bed.  I’ve been meaning to do this for years!  The fabric is waiting in my drawer.

April:  Sew pillow covers (with no buttons/zippers) to go with the new headboard

May:  Make cupcakes from scratch (like the ones you can buy from a cake shop with all that icing! )

June:  Make homemade Febreze (to test out on my husband’s soccer gear!)

July:  Make homemade deodorant.

August:  Make homemade vanilla extract (make for gifts)

September:  Can some tomato sauce

October:  Make homemade oatmeal.  Have you got a good recipe for me to try? 

November:  Make homemade mayonnaise.

December:  Make hard lotion bars for gifts