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I recently purchased a new cookbook, and I am loving it! Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day lives up to its title. The bread is crusty on the outside and succulent on the inside, and it truly takes only 5 minutes to make!
Co-authors Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois have perfected a technique for making high-quality fresh bread which requires no kneading, yeast proofing or bread machines. Their book begins with a couple of chapters about how the method works and tips to make sure your bread is excellent from the very first loaf. Almost 100 recipes follow, for everything from the basic peasant loaf to pizza crust, cinnamon rolls, whole grain varieties and much more.
I’ve made several loaves of bread since purchasing this book, and homemade pizza is becoming a regular favorite on our menu, thanks to their delicious, easy-to-make artisan crust. The first time I used the book it took me about 15 minutes to whip up a batch of dough, using my KitchenAid stand mixer. Now that I know what I’m doing and my ingredients are organized, I can do it even faster. Every loaf has been delicious, and my only complaint is that the loaves are small and my large family easily consumes more than one a day!
After mixing, the dough sits at room temperature for 2 hours to rise. Then, the dough goes into the refrigerator, where it can remain for days. Any time you have the yen for fresh bread, just cut off a hunk, shape it, and let it rise about 20 minutes before baking. The “five minutes a day” refers to hands-on time, and does not include rising time. In reality, I can make enough dough to last us a week in 10 minutes, and it ends up averaging out to much less than 5 minutes a day.
I have not tried the new book Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, but I do plan to get it. There are plenty of recipes to keep me busy for awhile in the first book, but I am sold on the quality and the technique. Unlike many of my friends, I don’t grind my own grain and I don’t own a bread maker. Yet we like fresh bread as much as the next family! This cookbook has been an economical and time-saving way for us to enjoy the health and flavor benefits of fresh bread on a regular basis.
For more recipes, videos and information about the books you can visit the authors’ blog: The New Artisan Bread
Enjoy a quick video of the authors demonstrating…
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