Baking bread



Years ago I had tried baking bread from scratch. It was a many-houred affair, what with the kneading, and the punching down, and the multiple rises (unless you’re making beer bread, but that’s another story)…well, I discovered that this is not the only way to make bread at home.  A coworker told me about a book that explained a different approach. is the author’s website, and you can even find a video of the process (if you search around a little) there. 

Well, I’ve never looked back. I’ve been making bread this way now for more than a year and it’s fantastic. There are several different recipes (there’s even a second book now, recently released by them and a third book in the works) in the first book as well as on the website, but even if you only make the basic recipe boule, I predict that you will be happy. My niece Ariana loves it so much that every time she visits me (or I visit her!) I have a bread freshly baked, ready to give her. 

The book is:  Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. 

Have any of you heard of this book? Have you tried the recipes?


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. susan
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 08:34:05

    Yummy! I love this bread. You’ve inspired me…with today’s weather it certainly feels like a good day for baking bread.


  2. kwrites
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 08:34:57

    YAY! Do it! You will be so happy just smelling it bake that it doesn’t even matter if you eat it!


  3. andrea
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 09:31:10

    I love how you mentioned Ariana in your story! She will be so excited!


  4. kwrites
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 09:34:18

    I’m so glad! 🙂


  5. Judi
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 09:43:32

    Okay… you’ve inspired me. I got a bread machine for a gift and have never used it though I’m told “it’s the cadillac”… got any advice for the novice? About the only bread I’ve ever made from scratch is beer bread!


    • kwrites
      Sep 08, 2010 @ 09:51:15

      Judi, I’ve never used a bread machine…I can be intimidated by appliances. Here’s a website that looks promising though, since it has instructions about setting up a machine, what ingredients you’ll need, and making your first loaf, if you want to take risk of putting your appliance to good use!:The Bread Machine Digest
      P.S. What’s wrong with beer bread?!!


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