Recently I've spent some time revisiting my old favorite book, Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I had a lot of fun with it last fall when I was first trying to teach myself how to bake. I'm pretty confident that I've mastered the master recipe, so I'll be movin' on up to some of the more interesting dough variations in the book soon (I need to have a pletzel in my mouth ASAP). This book is really approachable and perfect for beginners like me. It's empowering to be able to make this kind of bread so easily, especially after I tried unsuccessfully to make a sourdough starter last week!
Here's this morning's ciabatta. We've been snacking on this with local marionberry jam (we have lots left over from our wedding last summer).