Here is my advice for you.
- If you plan on never buying bread again, plan on baking it everday! Freshly baked bread at home does NOT last as long as store bought bread. It gets hard. And it can tear your mouth into pieces after 2 days. And that’s being generous.
- Don’t worry about soggy bread (Andrew!). Even if you don’t bake your artisan bread with steam, you will still have a crusty crust.
- Cutting your bread before it’s cool, gums up your knife. And then when that happens, it not the best idea to KEEP cutting as it kind of tears the crumb off the crust. Then, you are left with bread stuck to the knife and nowhere to put on the peanut butter and jelly. Except the crust that is much to hard for the little superstars to eat.
- Remember to use your 5 minute dough within a week. If you don’t, it continues to ferment. I know that’s what sourdough is all about. But this isn’t sourdough and it SHOULDN’T be sourdough bread!
Hopefully these hard learned lessons will help you in your pursuit of bread mastery!