Who doesn’t love homemade bread? It can be a lot of work though, which is a disincentive to making it.
The book that changes all that is The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois. This is a fully revised and updated edition of their first book on artisan bread making. They promise there’s no kneading, no starter, no proofing yeast and no need for a bread machine.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? It’s based on the concept of mixed and risen high-moisture dough stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. The dough is cut into pieces and put in the oven for fresh bread whenever you’re ready. You really can have fresh homemade bread every day.
You’ll find recipes in this book for several different kinds of bread, pizza crust, rolls, and more. This revised edition also includes more than thirty brand-new recipes for Beer-Cheese Bread, Crock-Pot Bread, Panini, Pretzel Buns, and Apple-Stuffed French Toast, to name a few. In The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Daythey’ve made the “Tips and Techniques” and “Ingredients” chapters bigger and better. They’ve also included readers’ Frequently Asked Questions.
I admit that I don’t know whether the kind of flour you use makes any difference for these recipes. In other words, would the flour you grind yourself work with this? I’d be glad to hear from anyone who tries it.
Remember that keeping the dough is dependent on keeping it cool, which generally requires electricity. If you’re completely without electricity for an extended period of time, this will be a problem. If you live off the grid or have a means of refrigeration you use on camping or boating trips, give it a try.
Baking homemade breads regularly will be a healthful way to wean your family off bread from the store shelves. Consider this preparation for the day when getting bread from the store isn’t possible and you must rely on the grains and grain mill you’ve set aside.
To get The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page featuring the book, where you can place your order.
I think it’s fantastic that the authors of this book have made baking bread so easy and rewarding. It’s an idea whose time has come.