A week or so ago I got an email asking if I’d like to try the new Pillsbury artisan bread mixes. I always kind of waffle about whether or not to test a new product — especially when it’s a convenience food. On the one hand I don’t like using convenience foods but on the other, if I am going to be honest, sometimes I use them because life just gets too busy. If it gets busy and overwhelming for me it probably does for most of you as well, right? So, I said yes.
The boxes promised that I could start and be finished in 40 minutes. I was skeptical. After all I have been baking bread for about a million years. 40 minutes?
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Pillsbury Artisan Bread Mixes Really Are Fast
The box contains a flour mixture and a package of yeast. You just dump the flour into a bowl and add yeast. Then you stir in a cup of warm water and knead it 70 times. Seems easy enough.
After kneading you shape your bread and let it rise for 12 minutes then bake it.
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The bread has a coarse texture but that is to be expected with such a short kneading time. The flavor was good, at least as good as restaurant bread but not as good as homemade from scratch bread. It was a little salty for me. The crust was crispy and browned really well, though. My family liked it a lot and the entire loaf was gone in seconds.
They are like piranhas, I swear.
So, was it easy?
Yep it was. Open, pour, open, pour, run water, stir. That’s about it. I am pretty sure a seven year old could make this without any problem at all.
So, this afternoon I got home from church and everyone was hungry. I needed something fast. I used the artisan white bread mix to make a pizza.
I made the dough and let it rise in a pizza pan while the oven was preheating to 500F. I put the crust in for about six minutes then added the sauce and toppings and put it in for six or seven more minutes. FANTASTIC! The bottom was crispy but the edges were chewy. Just perfect.
So, bottom line — should you put this on your shelf?
Sure. Having a box or two on the shelf means you can make pizza or homemade bread in minutes. It is never going to take the place of homemade bread but it isn’t meant to. Don’t plan on making sandwiches with it, either. All in all it’s a great product to have when you want to make garlic bread or something a little ‘extra” to go with dinner.
Pillsbury Artisan Bread mixes come in:
- Parmesan and Basil
- Garlic and Herb
I think they would work for bread sticks, as well. How would you use them?