Hi from NJ! And a question...
Hi, my name is Maryann and I love bread! And pizza, and pasta.... Lately I've been trying to change my lifestyle and eating habits to include more homemade, organic, and local foods. So I figured making my own bread would be appropriate (and fun and delicious!). I'm not quite ready to start grinding my own flour, though!
I had a bread machine maybe 15-20 years ago - it's still in my attic, actually - and enjoyed making bread, but all the loaves were kind of the same, even though flavored differently. The other day I ordered a Kitchenaid Pro 5 Plus mixer, and started searching the interwebs for bread baking info. That's how I found this site, and it's fantastic! So many recipes and hints!! I got kind of upset reading the various Kitchenaid threads, though. But as a breadmaking newbie, hopefully it'll be good enough for me. Also I'm single, and won't be making huge batches of anything to really stress out the machine.
What is the general feeling on the board about the 5-minutes-a-day or dutch-oven artisan breads that seem to be popular lately? How do they compare to bread done "the hard way"?