Book Review: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

I absolutely adore this book.  Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day:  The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois really did change my baking.  I have always done a lot of baking, but not a lot of bread baking.  I mean, the bread I have made in the past turned out great, but it was just so much trouble.  These recipes turn out at least as well, most of them better, and yet they are almost no trouble.

The recipes use a simple no knead method that literally takes about five minutes to put together.  Now, you will have to come back and stick in the refrigerator.  And, before you bake it, you will have to let it rise, but no step that involves your active participation takes longer than five minutes.  There is no kneading and no making sure everything is the perfect temperature, etc.

The book contains a variety of both savory and sweet recipes for you to choose from.  If you are like me and have a tendency towards your own experimentation, I have found that these recipes are a great jumping off point for you to create breads to your own tastes.

The pictures on this post are using the basic Boule master recipe but with all freshly milled whole wheat flour.  I will be taking part in the WonderMill Grain Mill Wagon over the next couple of months, and when I first got my mill, I needed a good reliable recipe to try just to see what the flour was like that I was dealing with so I could create my recipes.  Knowing the basic Boule has always turned out perfectly, it seemed the perfect place to start.  And, just like previous times, the Boule turned out perfect again.

For more information click the Amazon link below or visit their website:  Artisan Bread in Five.

For more information on the WonderMill grain mill click on the Amazon link below or visit their website: Wondermill or the Grain Mill Wagon website:  Grain Mill Wagon.

WonderMill Grain Mill

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  1. Robyn's View says:

    I love making homemade bread!

  2. Busy Vegetarian Mom says:

    This bread looks AMAZING! I have not made much bread but I should start!

  3. I have seen many recipes for artisan bread and have wanted to try it.. and if I could do my own take on the recipe even better. This book may go on my christmas list.

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