Knead the Book: The Bread Bible

20120611-bread-book.jpgThere are at least two books called The Bread Bible. I say at least because I own two, but it's possible there are more. A good name for a book, right? This week we're featuring the one written by Beth Hensperger on Knead the Book, and it's packed with recipes—300 of them to be exact.

The book starts with information about bread-making and ingredients before it moves on to recipes. There are recipes geared towards both a food processor and a bread machine. While you can adapt most recipes from one process to another, some people are skittish about doing so; it's useful to have both recipes to turn to.

When first browsing through the book, I bookmarked a dozen or so pages. That's always a good sign. Narrowing it down to the final five recipes for Knead the Book was tough; they all looked so good!

One thing to watch for is how many loaves a recipe will make. The bread machine recipes are obviously geared for one loaf at a time, and the food processor ones were scaled down to take into account the capacity of a food processor, but the recipes in the main part of the book vary from one to four loaves of bread.

Another thing to watch out for: there were volume measurements for the flour, but no weight conversions. I know what I think a cup of flour weighs, but that can vary from 4 to 5 1/2 ounce per cup, depending on who is measuring. The book recommends the "dip and sweep" method, which should result in a heavier cup. I used 4 1/2 ounces per cup for bread flour to begin with; you can always add more if you need to.

Besides yeasted breads, the book includes some quick bread recipes as well as bread-like desserts, including coffee cakes.

Win 'The Bread Bible'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Chronicle Books, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Bread Bible this week.

To enter to win a copy of this book, all you have to do is tell us what your favorite bread is.

About the bread baker: Donna Currie has been cooking for fun and writing for pay since the days when typewritten articles traveled by snail mail. When she combined those talents in a food column for a newspaper in her area, she realized that writing about food is almost as much fun as eating. You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.