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Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Bake-It-When-You-Want-It Yeast Breads

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From the simplest dinner rolls to traditional croissants and all types of yeast breads in between, home cooks—even those short on time and skill--CAN bake fresh bread from scratch. How is this possible? By breaking the process into two separate steps, with the mixing and kneading done the day before and the baking done when the next day. And the best part? Not only does th ...more
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Published November 4th 2014 by Taunton Press (first published September 25th 2014)
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Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OK. Can I just say this? Bacon, Tomato, and Cheddar Loaf. Pile on the thick sliced pepper bacon, heirloom tomato and crispy romaine lettuce. Now THAT is what I am talking about! French toast with the Rich Egg and Butter Loaf, served hot and steaming with real maple syrup and hand churned butter makes a wonderful breakfast or brunch. Of course, there are the Chocolate Croissants!!!! Made with single-origin deeply dark chocolate, hot and buttery, with a rich Earl Grey tea . . . Ohhhh. Yum!

Each of
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

There is nothing I love more than freshly baked bread. My one weekly indulgence is buying bread from my local bakery instead of plastic wrapped loaves from the supermarket. Occasionally I will also make my own dough to bake but since I don't have, and can't afford, a decent stand mixer it is a laborious process, made more difficult by the time it requires to serve up fresh baked goods exactly when you want them.

Make Ahead Bread by Donna Currie aims to make baking easier by dividing the process i
Kelly Gunderman
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love baking bread. Granted, my only true "bread baking" experience is limited to the use of my very trusty bread machine (okay, so I guess that technically isn't considered baking bread, but hey, it's a start, right?) Anyway, I've been wanting to branch out into true bread baking for a very long time now, but I don't want to have to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen figuring it out and wasting
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

Another great bread book that makes me want to bake more bread, eat more bread, and then fear the waistline effects. I never would have thought of a combination like Maple, Onion, and Bacon loaf...but now that they said something....and I definitely like the first recipe for Bacon, Tomatoe, and Cheddar loaf. Yum.

I made a cinnamon bread that I love, but this book puts in an optional option of putting some crumbled graham crackers in the filling for texture. That's something I'll have to add and
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A step-by-step, richly-illustrated guide that makes baking bread look easy.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Bake-It-When-You-Want-It Yeast Breads by Donna Currie

First let me begin by saying that bread making has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. The smell of bread baking in the oven is something you cannot duplicate. It brings to my mind happy, easier days of a carefree child. It reminds me of laughter, and the company of my aunt and uncle and other guests my parents had at the house. My mother made bread for special occasions, so I remember the warmth
Chris Torretta
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I love the smell of baking bread! Baking anything really but bread just smells amazing! The ability to actually make bread has always seemed like something way beyond my abilities but I still wanted to see exactly what Donna Currie had to offer!

Just the first chapter of the book is chock full of information! Danish dough whisk She starts out by explaining ingredients and equipment like the Danish Dough Whisk. Who knew such a cute thing was even out there? Apparently these are used instead of mixing the dough w
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, cooking
I recently became obsessed with baking bread. For me, the appeal of baking is twofold;firstly, it's a tangible connection to my past. There's something magical about making something the way your great great great great great great grandma did. Secondly, the chemistry and science of baking fascinates me. Yeasted bread in particular is an incredibly complex and precise chemical process.

Because of this newfound obsession, I really found Make Ahead Bread useful. It runs the bread gamut. There are
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: found-at-library
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Make Ahead Bread by Donna Currie is a fabulous specialty cookbook.
The recipes are clear and easy to follow. There's a wide variety of bread recipes from savory to sweet and everything in between. The photos and recipes are mouthwateringly good. Experienced bakers and newbies will all enjoy the recipes. I loved that you could prepare the bread dough the day before and bake it fresh for use the next da
Online Eccentric Librarian
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cookbook, non-fiction
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Make Ahead Bread is a beautifully presented and friendly book about making different types of bread - from basics to more adventurous recipes. Although there are many bread cookbooks on the market, this is presented to help make the entire process more efficient and without having to take up huge chunks of time. As the title suggests, it definitely isn't about instant gratification when you start - you may not be eati
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
While I'm not a bread baking expert, I'm not new to the craft either. I've been making various kinds of breads, including rolls, bagels, pizza crust, and pretzels, for the past few years. Sometimes I use my stand mixer, and sometimes I knead by hand. Sometimes I use my bread machine, and sometimes I use the oven. From time to time I try a new recipe and it doesn't come out quite as I hoped (whole wheat bagels would be a great example), but in general I know how to work with yeast dough.

I had rea
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love freshly made bread? And of course, the shop bought loaf is generally vastly inferior to the home made version (as well as being vastly more expensive!) But the problem is that making a loaf from scratch at home can take 4 or 5 hours, and if you've just got in from work, you need dinner on the table faster than that (unless your family loves to eat at 10pm).

So this book aims to solve the problem, showing you how to make bread over two days - the first day to prepare and rise the
Italo Italophiles
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author of Make Ahead Bread educates the reader about yeast. The organism is very sturdy, it turns out, and altering the temperature in which you store your dough can give you more leeway in when you have to cook it. The author explains how you can work the bread-making steps around your schedule, rather than be a slave to the dough.

The subtitle of this book is 100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Bread Every Day. The recipes are wonderful, actually, and cover all the sorts of bread one c
Natalie Carey
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for a review.

A very informative book! It includes so many tips and tricks from a long-time bread baker. As a beginner, all of the information about each component in the recipes was so helpful in understanding the anatomy of bread, as well as the technique and art that is bread making.

I really appreciated the make ahead aspect of this book, as so few of us have a full day to devote to baking a loaf of bread. Splitting the process into two [or mo
Dirty Dayna
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
2 “Should it look like this??” Stars
ARC provided via netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.
Never made bread before. This Looks great. I'm making the two day prep naan bread. Prep complete. Tomorrow is the prep day 2.
Day 2 arrived.. dough… horrible. It never became a dough it stayed crumbly. Lets rewind to understand how this could of occurred. I chose Naan Bread because it asked for greek yogurt and I thought that was a very healthy idea. Almost all recipes pretty much have t
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book very well put together. When I am looking at baking books, I'm usually more interested in the recipes than the pictures as my loaves never look like the perfect loaves that are photographed for these books. After flipping through this book and examining the recipes included and methodology described, I flipped back to front and started reading.

I especially liked the first section and how it goes into detail, but not too much detail, describing differences in flours and issues
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Piping hot homemade bread straight from the oven with butter slowly melting on it, is one of my favorite foods in the world. This cookbook is very complete with recipes for every kind of popular bread I can think of, and some yummy additions. I like to read reviews that mention some of the recipes. You can tell I got carried away because the following list is so long:

Rustic sourdough bread; bacon tomato and cheddar loaf; oatmeal-honey date loaf; baguettes; maple, bacon and onion loaf; stuffing b
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Much like Professional Baking with a bigger emphasis on breads particularly the basic hard doughs, soft doughs and laminated doughs but with few tweaks and added recipes. If you have the basis, most bread recipes are nearly the same but for laminated doughs, I recommend you to look up folding techniques from elsewhere because its not enough to learn them from books. Recipes are in simple cups/teaspoon measurement although there was some pound and ounce measurement but those are minimal. The intr ...more
Donna Parker
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
First, this book made me hungry.
Second, it made me want to bake more bread which is weird because bread isn't even one of my favourite foods, but it made me hungry for bread.
So if you like bread then this is the book for you.
But seriously, in a diet cult world where people jump from fad to fad to fad this book was a refreshing change. While it included some gluten-free recipes, most of the book was rustic breads as well as some more exotic and cosmopolitan delights.
Simple, easy to use and with t
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full food blog review in progress. Reviewed for Netgalley.

My mouth is watering! This book went into my Amazon cart after reviewing only 30 pages of it, it is that good and practical.

The author does an outstanding job of laying out bread baking techniques, as well as key terms in the art of bread baking. She offers step by step instruction for the prep. Instructions are broken down into two stages: Prep and Baking Day The only thing that would have made this even more perfect for me would be pho
Sandy Pavick
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book could make a baker out of me! Just in time for the holidays, Donna Currie and Taunton Press have released this beautiful, fun-to-read primer on making yeast breads. Take it from someone who had given up trying to bake this type of bread; Ms. Currie makes the recipes easy to understand and follow. I tried the three cheese bread with Kalamata olives and can't wait to get started on the other 99 recipes.

However, you don't have to be a chef or a cooking enthusiast to enjoy this book, just
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Donna Currie's book Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Fresh Bread Every Day is a book that would make a great gift for anyone and everyone. The recipes inside cover all sorts of breads. With great explanations and illustrations the techniques are very easy. The format used in this book is a good one I think especially if you are new to making bread. The recipe format allows you to make part on day 1, another part on day 1, etc. The 2 and 3 step
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Please note that I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an excellent cookbook for a busy baker. Each recipe is divided by days to do the work in order for the baker to be able to make the bread around their schedule. At the beginning the author includes a very useful primer about different techniques and information about different ingredients. Not every recipe has a photo included, but there are many scattered throughout the
Kathleen Kelly
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love to make bread! That said I am always trying to improve my breads and if I can find an easier method I am all for it. This book has recipes for loaf breads, artisan bread, sweet rolls and make ahead breads, meaning you can get t ready the day or days before, freeze or bake the next day! I have ordered myself a super stone loaf pan and I intend to try out some of these recipes. Oh yes, there are recipes for butter's and spreads. I don't think you can go wrong buying this book, better yet it ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I have not baked bread before, but I plan to do so in the near future. This book fulfills the need for a bread cookbook with more variety. The recipes look relatively simple and the instructions are clear. The illustrations are nice and yummy looking.

This looks like a cookbook for a more intermediate baker, which is an important niche for people getting into baking. Very nice book. I look forward to baking some bread soon!
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, cookbook
Beautiful illustrations. Easy to follow and detailed instructions. I'm not a bread maker. Honestly I've tried all kinds of recipes and I obviously do not have the gene you need to bake bread from scratch. Much to my children's dismay, I still like to try new recipes and *hope* they turn out. I would consider buying this book to keep trying the recipes. This copy I borrowed from netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice layout, great recipes and tips. I am only mediocre at making bread but determined to get it right! I always think of doing it so late in the day I end up putting it off. These recipes are perfect for me! My favorite is the Oatmeal Honey Date Loaf!
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Oh I love this book. It has recipes for loaf breads, artisan bread, sweet rolls and make ahead breads. This is a keeper for me and loving making fresh breads for the family. The recipes are easy enough to follow and do on your own.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anything that saves time in the kitchen, especially with what can be the lengthy breadmaking process, is an instant winner and this didn’t disappoint. Good variety of different types of bread, from sweet to savoury including some intriguing mixes of flavours – there’s something for every one. I particularly liked the inclusion of a chapter devoted to ingredients and equipment, it was very informative and a welcome addition as this information is so often omitted from such compilations. Well writ ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fic, eat, breadcraft
I have made four recipes with great success. Very easy and doesn't use many obscure ingredients. These are not the crusty, custardy, airpocketed hearth loaves of Tartine or Della Fattoria. These are American style loaves and rolls your grandma made, with even crumb and softer crusts. My main negative is not enough use of higher fiber, whole grains. Easy to prepare a loaf one day and bake the next with great flavor development. A keeper. ...more
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