There are few things that inspire a feeling of hominess more than the smell of baking bread. I love the smell of fresh bread…not to mention…there is hardly anything better than fresh bread with a bowl of soup, stew, or chowder…which we seem to have been eating a lot of lately.
Much as I like the smell of baking bread, and much as I like the homey, cozy feel of baking bread from scratch it is time consuming with all of the mixing, rising, punching down, shaping, and rising that has to be done to prepare the bread for baking. A lot of the time, especially when I’m teaching, I simply don’t have the time to bake bread from scratch. That’s why I was excited to have the opportunity to review Make Ahead Bread by Donna Currie.
When I’m teaching, my days are long, busy, and there isn’t a lot of time around the edges. I often make meals ahead or choose easy crockpot fare or roasts and other easy oven fare for the days that I’m teaching. Make Ahead Bread allows me to extend this idea of making food ahead and/or easing the preparation steps to bread as well as soups, stews, roasts, and other easy work day fare.
With Make Ahead Bread I can make bread and enjoy the yeasty scent of baking bread any time I want to. Make Ahead Bread includes 100 recipes for bread that can be mixed up one day, left to rise overnight, and baked the next. Approached this way, just about anyone can have fresh home baked bread any time they want it.
Loaf breads, buns, rolls, breadsticks, pastries, flatbreads, even tortillas, they’re all in this wonderful book.
What’s even better is the way the recipes are organized on the page. This part is genius! Each recipe features a description of the recipe and an ingredient list. The preparation instructions are broken down into prep day tasks and bake day tasks so it is very easy to see what to do, when to do it, how and where to let the bread rise, when to shape it, and so on.
Make Ahead Bread isn’t just for simple, plain, loaves. This cookbook includes make ahead recipes for:
Nutella Swirl Rolls
Hamburger And Hot Dog buns
Honey Potato Buns
Sweet Butter Buns
Par-baked White Rolls
Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
Almond Sweet Bread
Sesame-Seeded Semolina Bread
Sauerkraut Rye Bread
White, Whole Wheat, & Rye Bread
Rich Egg & Butter Loaf
Sourdough Rye Bread
And many more….
I reviewed this cookbook via an electronic copy through NetGalley but enjoyed the book so much that I wanted a hard copy for my cookbook library.
This book has my highest recommendation for anyone who likes to bake but who finds their time limited. It’s definitely a great book to have in your cookbook library.