The Artisan Bread Machine: 250 recipes for breads, rolls, flatbreads and pizzas
Robert Rose Publishing (2011)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (3/11)
There is nothing better than a slice of warm home-made bread and there is nothing easier than making it in a bread machine. No kneading required!
Judith Fertig, in the beginning of “The Artisan Bread Machine” offers tips, explanations, and basics on using a bread machine. In the rest of the book are wonderful recipes. For the purpose of a review we are required to test three recipes.
For my first recipe I tested “Roasted Bell Pepper and Kalamata Olive Bread.” I loved the look of the photograph in the book and wanted to duplicate it; I’m proud to say I succeeded. The recipe is simple and within a very short time the smell permeated the kitchen. The tip along with this recipe was to spread the sliced bread with creamy goat cheese. Delicious!!
The second recipe I tested was gluten-free “Blueberry Lemon Bread.” Using a combination of brown rice flour, tapioca flour, amaranth flour, corn starch and xantham gum and with an addition of eggs, yeast, applesauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, and dried blueberries the end result was a bit of a surprise. The bread was actually light and flavorful. The blueberries plumped up making it very flavorful.
The third recipe I tested was “Pumpkin Pull-Aparts.” The bread machine was used for the first cycle. When the cycle was finished I removed the dough from the machine and placed on a floured surface. After rolling out into a rectangle, I spread 1/2 cup of pumpkin butter, rolled, sliced into rolls, and dipped each side into cinnamon sugar. After rising the rolls were baked. We ate them warm. The rolls were good but I felt there wasn’t enough flavor in the filling. I think that if I make this recipe again I’m going to add more cinnamon and nutmeg to the spread.
As I perused the rest of the book I found many recipes I will be trying. A bread machine is like magic – it takes so much labor out of making bread, yet the end result is like you’ve spent hours laboring in the kitchen. For anyone that is into making bread with a bread machine I recommend this book. There are so many more recipes in “The Artisan Bread Machine” than in the small pamphlet that comes with the machine itself. I’m happy with this book and do recommend it.