Making bread in a toaster oven
I live in Japan and unfortunately, my apartment does not have a regular sized oven. I do have a fairly large toaster oven with adjustable temperature (it's large enough to fit 9 cookies on a sheet, if that helps).
I would love to try my hand at bread making - I've never tried it and reeeeally love bread, so...
But I'm afraid using a toaster oven may screw things up. Any recommendations/recipes for a first-timer that you think would work in a toaster oven?
Never tried it, but if I did, I think I would consider:
a. The Lahey no knead bread method of preheating an oven safe vessel (in this case probably a small Pyrex) for a small loaf Or....
b. The 'Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day' (ABin5) where you could keep ready to use dough in the refrigerator and use small portions of it to make rolls when needed.
Yes, I did this quite a bit in college.
Obviously you'll have to make smaller loaves of bread, but other than that the only thing you have to adjust for is your toaster oven. Because unlike a regular oven, it does not keep it's temperature at a constant as consistently as a regular oven. So you will need to experiment with the idiosyncrasies of your toaster oven and in the beginning you'll probably end up with a few loaves of overcooked, undercooked or burned and raw in the middle bread, but once you get the hang of it, it's a snap.
Good luck and enjoy.
If you aren't familiar with making bread, I think my first step would be focaccia bread. This is almost designed to be the perfect toaster oven bread. Another great option is rolls using your favorite bread formulas. After playing with these two breads, you will understand how your oven is cooking a yeasted product and be ready for some cute, smaller bread forms.