Monday, June 28, 2010

Bread...So easy you won't believe it

As my first post to my new blog, I thought it would make the most sense to start with bread. Like many of you, I have baked my fair share of bread over the years, but time was always the problem. Traditional recipes require hours to make and allow the dough to rise before you end up with a finished loaf. Well, there is a solution!  About 6 months ago, my good friend told me I had to try the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day Master bread recipe.  She assured me, all I needed was a large container, flour, yeast, water and kosher salt. I chose to purchase a large plastic container at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but any container large enough to hold 5 quarts is sufficient.  So, I gathered my ingredients and set to work.

For the past six months, there has been a container of dough in my refrigerator at all times.  Once I completed my first batch, I knew this was a new staple in my recipe box.  I now buy my flour (25 or 50 lbs) and yeast(4lbs) at Costco and make fresh, artisan bread for my family at a budget price.

You are now probably looking forward to the recipe...well, since I don't have any licensing rights to the books, I can't reprint the recipes. I can, however, let you know that there are two books currently available, Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, both by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François. The website ( gives some more information as well.

A few adaptations to the original recipe that have worked well...I have successfully added up to 4T of ground flax seed and 4T bran to the original recipe without dramatically altering the taste or texture of the finished product.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day has a recipe for Pita Bread which I have successfully made with the Master Bread dough from the original book.

Happy bread baking!

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