Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

If you love good bread, but don’t want to pay $4 or $5 (or more!) per loaf, rejoice. If you’ve always wanted to make good bread, but were intimidated by yeast, kneading, proofing and whatnot – again, I say, rejoice. There is a book for you, and it is awesome.

In “Artisan Bread in 5 MinutesĀ a Day,” Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois show you the secret to making wonderful bread at home. No kneading required. Let me repeat that: NO KNEADING REQUIRED.

I got this book for my birthday last year and the carb count at my house has never been the same.

The Master Recipe only has a few ingredients – yeast, salt, water and flour. You give it a short spin in your stand mixer, then let it rise at room temperature for a couple of hours. Then you stick it in the fridge for up to a week. When you want to make a loaf, you cut off a hunk, shape it and let it rest, then pop it onto a hot baking stone. Poof! You have fantastic bread on the table.

Each batch of dough makes up to 4 1-pound loaves. I made two batches of dough last night and, this morning I made 6 loaves of bread and still got to work on time. And I didn’t even wake up early. (Lest you think I’m a total bread hog, I gave 5 loaves away to my friends at work. And yes, they now love me.)

Hertzberg and Francois have branched out their 5 Minutes a Day franchise to include books for “Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day,” (I got that one for this year’s birthday!), and “Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day” (on my wish list).

You can see how easy it is in these videos (These links will take you to the 5 Minutes a Day site): Here’s the Master Recipe Video; and here’s one for a Gluten-Free Loaf.

With this lovely book, you can take those doubts and fears about making bread and shake them off like extra flour from your hands. So buy, bake and enjoy!

Dawn Mundy

I write food and lifestyle articles for Family Features by day. I wish I could say I was a superhero by night, but alas, that is not so. I’m a mom who loves cooking, gardening, music and books. See what I’m cooking at home at

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