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The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

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  • Artisan free-form loaf (Boule)

    • Beeg on February 04, 2010

      Unbelieveably easy and delicious. This recipe has changed my thinking about baking bread.

    • vickster on December 10, 2011

      Finally tried this. Followed their directions pretty much to the T the first time, except had to bake longer. Loaf was dense. Second time I let rest much longer before baking - about 1 1/2 hours and the last 20 minutes was in my warming drawer. The bread came out great!

    • fprincess on October 15, 2010

      Fast & easy. Great crust. My everyday bread recipe. I cook it in a Le Creuset dutch oven.

    • mfto on March 29, 2011

      p 26 I finally get great bread after baking the risen bread directly on a pizza stone on the lowest oven rack. I preheat a La Cloche top only along with the stone and cover the dough with the top for 15 minutes, remove the top and move the bread directly to a top rack for 20 mins. This avoids a burned bottom crust and nicely browns the top. When you remove the bread from the oven you will hear the bread snap and crackle as it cools, a wonderful sound.

  • Ciabatta (Cha-báh-tah)

    • louie734 on May 01, 2014

      This method works great with very wet dough, producing big holes and a chewy inside.

  • Wheat stalk bread (Pain d'epí) (Pan deh-peé)

    • omegabeth on November 16, 2014

      This is my go-to recipe from this book. I have not yet mastered the shaping, exactly, but this dough even in a batard/baguette shape is a wonderful social-with-cheese-and-salami bread.

  • European peasant bread

    • louie734 on May 01, 2014

      Probably my most-used recipe. Deeply satisfying baked as a loaf or baguette. Delicious as pizza or flatbread dough, too.

    • zorra on August 18, 2014

      When made with sourdough, the most delicious of all the Francois & Hertzberg breads. I add 1 + 1/2 cups sourdough, reducing AP flour & water accordingly. Preferring more whole grains, I make the recipes in their Healthy Bread book more often. But for us this is tops for flavor, & fast-disappearing.

    • fprincess on November 07, 2010

      Rustic, tasty, delicious.

  • Deli-style rye

    • chawkins on March 22, 2014

      This is a decent bread. Last time I made it was when the book first came out about six years ago. I successfully quartered the recipe both times to make just one small loaf. I mixed the dough a day ahead, let it rise and collapse, and refrigerated overnight; shaped, proofed and baked the following afternoon. The small size of the loaf is perfect for the two of us.

  • Light whole wheat bread

    • Rutabaga on October 29, 2015

      I used this base recipe to make the pita bread included in this book. It was very good, came together in a flash, and mixing the dough in the morning and using it later that evening worked well.

  • Portuguese corn bread (Broa)

    • consortiumlibrary on March 27, 2015

      Made this as crust for Spicy Pork Buns (p.88). Super easy dough with good flavor. The recipe makes enough for 16 pork buns, so if you only want 4 pork buns, you can make only 1/4 of the recipe. I made the full batch and put the risen, unused dough in refrigerator and will use for loaves of bread. I used medium grind corn meal, with is okay, but I think it might be better with a finer grind to eliminate grittiness. Next time!

  • Spicy pork buns

    • consortiumlibrary on March 27, 2015

      Excellent way to use leftover pork roast. The yeast dough with cornmeal made a sturdy, chewy, delicious crust that doesn't get soggy (I ate leftover bun cold for lunch the next day & crust was still great). I made with a combination of ground chilies (2 tsp. ground chipotle, 1 Tbsp. ground ancho, 1 Tbsp. commercial chile powder); the filling was spicy but not overwhelming. Serve with hot sauce, so people can make it hotter if they like. I didn't measure how much pork I had, but it was probably more like 2 cups (rater than 1-1.5 called for in recipe). The sauce to filling ratio was just right, though it made enough filling for 8 large buns (vs. the recipe's 4). The recipe calls for thickening the sauce with cornstarch. This was completely unnecessary. I quadrupled the amount of cilantro, adding about 2 Tbsp. chopped (not minced) cilantro to each roll. Roll out and bake rolls on 8" squares of parchment to make getting in and out of oven easier.

  • Oatmeal pumpkin bread

    • louie734 on November 12, 2014

      I've made this 3 times since September with roasted pureed butternut from the freezer. Each time I've rolled it out, sprinkled with a few tablespoons of cinnamon sugar, spiraled it into a loaf, and baked it into a tall, soft, plush sandwich bread that's fragrant but not sweet and cuts like a dream with a gorgeous swirl in the center. I think I'll make it again tomorrow.

  • Vermont cheddar bread

    • omegabeth on November 16, 2014

      A very good bread--not a greasy and dense as the Cook's Illustrated cheese bread~ much more bread-with-cheese-flavor, versus the pockets-of-cheese style. Might benefit from a shot of red pepper flakes? Could also be that I am not a cheese bread person, and that's the gap. Is a very nice example of the genre.

  • Olive oil dough

    • Paojava on June 27, 2012

      I use a kitchen scale to measure flour out...works great. Often I use garlic infused oil in place of evoo. Just made amazing feta and spinach pan pizza.

    • louie734 on May 01, 2014

      This recipe was the start of a sad/glorious situation: most pizzas we eat out no longer measure up to homemade. I've since moved on to using the basic recipe in ABin5 Pizza cookbook (no olive oil, a slightly different yield), but this recipe/method began it all. The instructions in this book made homemade pizza go from a special project dinner to a quick, easy weeknight go-to.

    • fprincess on November 12, 2010

      Used to make pizza dough with good results.

    • fprincess on January 13, 2012

      Very flavorful if using a fruity olive oil. Did not use the right amount of water apparently (very watery dough, had to add flour).

  • Olive fougasse

    • fprincess on July 18, 2013

      I had a very wet dough so I made the fougasse without the olives and it was great. Photos here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/144705-artisan-bread-in-five-minutes-a-day-zoe-francois-2010/?p=1925423

  • Fougasse stuffed with roasted red pepper

    • louie734 on May 01, 2014

      Yes, YES to this beautiful and fragrant stromboli-ish creation. Made quicker by roasting multiple red peppers and freezing them in individual baggies (they defrost in minutes under hot water). I've made this recipe with many different doughs successfully. Sticky dough is no problem if you bake on a silicon mat or parchment. Roll/press out the dough (who cares if it sticks underneath), cut the slits, spread to create the holes, then fold the mat/paper over the red pepper and then use fingers or a spatula to gradually peel it off.

  • Za'atar flatbread

    • fprincess on September 19, 2011

      Good taste. I made this with the peasant dough. I stretched it a little too thin thinking it would make it super crispy but the thin parts actually became too hard. The rest of the bread was very good though. I added a little bit of spicy coppa on top and it was fantastic.

  • Pita

    • Rutabaga on October 29, 2015

      This pita bread recipe came together very quickly. I used the light whole wheat bread dough from the same book, and the pita were light and pleasantly chewy. Perhaps because I baked them directly on a baking steel on the lowest rack in the oven, I found that the pitas needed only 2.5-3 minutes in the oven, otherwise the bottom would get too hard and start to char. To make a more manageable number of pitas, I halved the dough recipe. It's wonderful to be able to mix the dough together quickly in the morning, and then roll it out for fresh pita with dinner that same evening.

    • swegener on February 01, 2015

      These are so quick and easy. The trick is to roll them thin enough and put them on a well heated pizza stone. I love to see them puffed up huge!

  • Fattoush

    • fprincess on July 31, 2012

      This is a delicious summer salad that I made a couple of times already. I used a slice of stale rustic bread as I did not have pita bread. Very flavorful and crunchy. Picture here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50488464@N02/7660695040/

  • Suvir Saran's chilled yogurt soup with cucumber and mint

    • fprincess on October 15, 2010

      Nice and fresh. Easy to make in the blender.

    • fprincess on August 01, 2013

      I love this soup because it is ready in 5 minutes in the blender and does not require any cooking. It’s really nice and fresh for the summer; it reminds me a little of cucumber raita in soup form. More details here: http://tartinestotikis.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/a-couple-of-quick-summer-soups/

  • Challah

    • robinorig on August 24, 2012

      http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/2008/09/29/challah-done-two-ways-from-the-same-dough technique photos.

  • Brioche

    • fprincess on October 15, 2010

      Absolutely delicious and super easy to make. I use fresh organic eggs and local honey from the farmers market.

  • Brioche à tête

    • fprincess on November 10, 2010

      I used little individual brioche molds and the result is outstanding. The trick is to put the right amount of brioche into the mold (which should be about half full) and to form the little ball at the top correctly. I formed a large ball as described in the book, then the small one with the sides of my hands, finally pinching firmly to stabilize the small one. It worked great the first time, not so great with my second attempt because my molds were overflowing with dough after the rising period (I had used too much dough).

    • fprincess on July 31, 2012

      I made brioches a tete recently. Still a favorite! Pictures of the process here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php/topic/111794-artisan-bread-in-five-minutes-a-day-with-zoe-francois/page__st__660__p__1883091#entry1883091

  • Soft American-style white bread

    • fprincess on May 29, 2012

      Good reliable recipe, simple process. There is only a small amount of butter in it but you can really taste it. I was out of regular butter and used goat butter, and I can definitely recognize it (it's great). Pictures here: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php/topic/111794-artisan-bread-in-5-min-with-zoe-francois/page__st__660__p__1879263#entry1879263

    • louie734 on December 11, 2014

      Tried to use this dough for soft, buttery dinner rolls; looking for a ABin5-style recipe without all the butter and egg of the brioche and challah. Baked up too crusty even when nestled in a cake pan and dipped/brushed with tons more butter. Great flavor and texture, just not what I was looking for at the time. Will make again as a sandwich bread.

  • Gluten-free master recipe

    • Bwolfe2 on January 01, 2017

      We were surprised by how flavorful this great is. We are not gluten free people but are trying 90 days gluten free so get I would try this. It's really very tasty. Ours did not rise very much for the shaped rising. I allowed an hour to rise before cooking. This may be how gluten free breads perform. Again, we have limited experience. Even now I hear the bread container in the kitchen being opened signaling that it has snack worthy flavor. We are pleased.

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Reviews about this book

  • Baking Bites

    This is a great upgrade to the original book with a lot of new information to improve your bread baking skills, and offers enough variety that you might just start baking bread every day.

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  • ISBN 10 1250018285
  • ISBN 13 9781250018281
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 22 2013
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 400
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Thomas Dunne Books
  • Imprint Thomas Dunne Books

Publishers Text

A fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling, ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day—the revolutionary approach to bread-making

With more than half a million copies of their books in print, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have proven that people want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it easily and quickly. Based on fan feedback, Jeff and Zoë have completely revamped their first, most popular, and now-classic book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

Responding to their thousands of ardent fans, Jeff and Zoë returned to their test kitchens to whip up more delicious baking recipes. They’ve also included a gluten-free chapter, forty all-new gorgeous color photos, and one hundred informative black-and-white how-to photos. They’ve made the “Tips and Techniques” and “Ingredients” chapters bigger and better than ever before, and included readers’ Frequently Asked Questions.

/p>This revised edition also includes more than thirty brand-new recipes for Beer-Cheese Bread, Crock-Pot Bread, Panini, Pretzel Buns, Apple-Stuffed French Toast, and many more. There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread to fill a kitchen with warmth, eager appetites, and endless praise. Now, using Jeff and Zoë’s innovative technique, you can create bread that rivals those of the finest bakers in the world in just five minutes of active preparation time.



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