If I had to pick one food item that I couldn’t live without, it would have to be bread. There is something magical about breaking open a loaf of bread that has a crunchy and crispy outside and a light and fluffy inside. Bread can also be made with a variety of different types of ingredients, so, you always have a different taste and texture to enjoy. Average Joe provides you with several different Artisan Bread Kits that you can make in the comfort of your own home. These kits have everything you need to make delicious Artisan bread that is delicious and easy to make.
I received the Cook’s Edition Kit, which, is available online for only $29.95 and the Bread Pot, which, is also available online for only $19.95. The Cook’s Edition kit comes with a recipe book, Flour, Bread Dusting Powder, 3 different types of salt, 2 bakers tools and yeast. The Bread Pot is a durable dutch oven type pot that is oven friendly. Now, I have made bread before, but, this experience was so much easier and I didn’t actually have to knead anything, which, was a huge plus for me. Kneading is such hard work and really would turn me off to baking bread.
I decided right away that I wanted to make the Rosemary bread loaf. Every bread recipe in the book requires 2 days to create any type of bread. There are also recipes for pizza dough, which, I can’t wait to try. The instructions were super easy and the first day was basically mixing the dough and then allowing it to rise for 18-24 hours.
The next day, I was able to add some bread dusting powder to the bread pot, along with sea salt and then bake it in the oven. As you can see in the picture below, my Rosemary Bread looks exactly the same as the picture on the front of the Average Joe recipe book. And as for the bread….it is everything I dreamed of and more! Crispy outside with a light and fluffy inside and the taste is fantastic! My family and I enjoyed this with our dinner and there was nothing left of it.
MY ABOUT AVERAGE JOE (from their website):
For many years, I tried to bake the perfect loaf of bread, one that was browned and crusty on the outside, moist and airy on the inside, and bursting with flavors anywhere I bit.
The crust was always the tricky part for me. Moisture—specifically, steam—was the key. As a humble home baker, I couldn’t afford the fancy, steam-injected ovens used by professional bakers.
So I tried spritzing water before baking. During baking. Before and during baking. I tried leaving a small dish of water in the oven to evaporate. I tried everything, but succeeded in producing only what could kindly be described as shoe-leather crust. I was ready to give up.
Then I read the watershed article on no-knead bread in the New York Times, which, when I read it, made so much sense to me that I ran out that very night and bought an obscenely expensive, enamel-coated, heavy, cast-iron pot to prove the recipe’s worth.
The bread itself was nearly flawless. It was unimaginably good, and it was almost foolproof. But the process was fussy, and the equipment was expensive.
Like anyone else, I prefer the path of least resistance, so I spent the next couple of years refining the process and equipment. I wanted baking this world-class loaf to be as simple as possible, to require as little time, as few steps, and as little expense as possible.
The Average Joe Artisan Bread Kit is the result of this project. I’m a teacher and coach by nature, so my goal was to share with you the information you need to succeed. I hope you think I achieved that goal.
You should know one other thing: I am using the same kitchenwares, ingredients, techniques, and recipes included in the Average Joe Artisan Bread Kit to bake bread that I sell to, and which is served by Joseph Decuis, a world-class restaurant (winner of Four Diamonds from AAA and Two Glasses from Wine Spectator) just down the road from me.
I’d like to think that if this bread is good enough for them, it’s good enough for the rest of us!
*The winner will receive a Cook’s Edition Bread Making Kit by Average Joe
*This giveaway is open to the US ONLY
GIVEAWAY ENDS SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012 AT 12:01 EST. GOOD LUCK!!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the bread making kit mentioned above for free for review purposes from Average Joe. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”