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Monday, November 11, 2013

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Review

I have two weaknesses when it comes to food. Chocolate and bread. I keep a little stash of chocolate hidden in my secret drawer. Bread, on the other hand, is a little bit harder to come by when I have a craving for it. This past year I have been experimenting with making my own breads. While I do love to be in the kitchen, I have found that bread making can be a time consuming and tedious process. The kneading, rising, waiting... It can quickly turn into a chore. But thanks to a new cookbook I have discovered, I am able to make delicious breads in as little as 5 minutes a day.

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is a revised version of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François. The original book, published in 2007, immediately became one of the the classic books about bread making, with over a half a million copies in print! Hertzberg and François proved that people want to make their own bread, provided they can do it easily and quickly. The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has added a gluten free chapter, 40 all new color images, and one hundred black-and-white how-to photos. The Tips and Tricks and Ingredients sections have been expanded to touch on some of the most frequent questions they have received from their readers.

When I first received the book, I was tearing through the pages, popping little bookmarks on all the recipes I just couldn’t wait to try. Recipes for Vermont Cheddar Bread, Bruschetta, and Beignets had my mouth watering. But when I got to the recipe for Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Bread, my heart did a little flip. Combining my two food loves- chocolate and bread together? Yes, please!


2 1/2 c lukewarm water (100 degrees F or below) / Weight U.S. 1 pound, 4 ounces / Metric- 565 grams
3/4 c Vegetable oil/ Weight  U.S. 6 ounces / Metric 170 grams
1 tbs granulated yeast / Weight U.S. 0.35 ounce / Metric 10 grams
1 to 1 1/2 tbs Kosher Salt / Weight U.S. 0.6 to 0.9 ounce / Metric 17 to 25 grams
1 cup sugar / Weight U.S. 7 ounces / Metric 200 grams
5 1/2 c All-purpose flour / Weight U.S. 1 pound, 11.5 ounces / Metric 780 grams
3/4 c Unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably dark / Weight U.S. 3 ounces / Metric 85 grams
1 1/2 c Bittersweet or Semisweet chocolate chips / Weight U.S. 6 ounces / Metric 170 grams
Unsalted butter, melted, for greasing loaf pan and brushing top of loaf
Sugar, for sprinkling over top of loaf


1- Mixing and storing the dough: Mix the oil, yeast, salt, and sugar with the water in a 6-quart bowl or a lidded (not air tight) food container
2- Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, and the chocolate chips without kneading, using a spoon or a heavy-duty stand mixer (with paddle). If you’re not using a a machine, you may need to use wet hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.
3- Cover (not airtight) and allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses (or flattens on top), approximately 2 hours
4- The dough can be used immediately after the initial rise , though it is easier to handle when cold. Refrigerate the container of dough and use over the next 5 days. Beyond 5 days, freeze the dough in 1-pound portions in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. When using frozen dough, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before using , then allow the usual rest and rise time.
5- On baking day, grease and 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch nonstick loaf pan. Dust the surface of the refrigerated dough with flour and cut off a 2-pound piece. Dust the piece with ore flour and quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. Elongate the ball into an oval. Drop the dough into the prepared pan.
6- Allow the dough to rest for 90 minutes, loosely covered  with plastic wrap.
7- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
8- Using a pastry brush, paint the top surface with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake the bread in the center of the oven for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until set firm when you press on the top of the loaf.
9- Remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool completely before slicing.

This bread wasn’t overly sweet, but had a nice, rich flavor. It came out moist and soft, and was very tasty. My house smelled so good while it was baking too!

Another favorite were these soft dinner rolls. I whipped up the dough in under 5 minutes without having to knead it at all! Super easy and they really were soft as claimed!

What I like about The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is how simple the instructions are to follow. The print is spaced out well, so it is easy to read. I love that there are weight measurements, instead of just volume. I can use my kitchen scale to ensure accurate results every time.

This book is perfect for seasoned bakers and novices alike. Whether you have been bread baking for years, or just getting your feet wet, this book has scrumptious bread recipes that suit every taste.

More about the book:

ISBN Number- 978-1-250-01828-1
Pages- 382 printed on smooth glossy paper, and black and white pages
MSRP $29.99
Distributed by St. Martin’s Press

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day can be purchased at all major bookstores, as well as Amazon. Amazon has the hard copy for $19.34, or you can purchase the Kindle version for $12.29.
The authors are happy to answer all your questions at

*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


  1. I'm convinced. This book sounds like something I would use a lot. Those dinner rolls look awesome - we go through a lot of them in our house.

  2. I bet the house smells lovely when the baking starts

  3. I love homemade bread, and your rolls do look awesome. Pretty sure my daughter would flip over the chocolate chip bread. :)

  4. I used to make an artisan bread, that was a few years ago when I could eat all that good stuff. Now, you seen on my blog the kind of bread I eat. Flax! I can tell you. It will NEVER compare to the artisan bread.

  5. Yum! Cheddar Bread sounds delicious. Thanks for your review on this bread book - I'll have to tell my mother-in-law about it.

  6. I am planning to conquer making bread myself this season, starting to practice now. I will check the book out as well as try this recipe.

  7. Thanks for sharing the recipe - it looks great! I'm really tempted by that Vermont Cheddar Bread - maybe a blog post on that one next, with lots of photos....!

  8. I definitely am a bread lover but now have to watch my carbs (diabetic)---I have never attempted to make bread preferring to just go out and buy it (I am single). This book, however, looks like one that would be a perfect gift for those you know who are bakers!

  9. I am looking for a new dinner roll recipe! I will have to look for this book, especially since I can only have Gluten Free. My family would love the dinner rolls though!

  10. I need this cookbook! For sure, I love making bread . This would be a wonderful addition to my cookbook collection

  11. I love the sound of this - I have never made bread though it always looks very relaxing with all the kneading involved. x

  12. Oh yum. I love making bread. It smells so good and tastes better than anything you can buy!

  13. This book sounds like a true winner for someone who loves to cook and wants to make homemade bread. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  14. That all looks so amazing! I will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Like you, I am a bread junkie. I would almost always choose it over any sweet.

  16. Those rolls look so good! I really need to try those! I love bread so this book is a must!

  17. you know i love the smell of yeast.. is that odd? either way these look like great recipes.

  18. I love making myown bread and 5 minutes sounds awesome

  19. I actually bought this book last year and I really love it too! So many delicious recipes!

  20. I love bread and those look delicious. Who knew you could make your own bread in 5 minutes. I would love this book. It needs to go on my Christmas list.

  21. Making own bread is what I haven't experienced yet. Your bread looks awesome and delicious to eat.

  22. Bread has always been a big weakness for me. As a kid, the local bakery would deliver it still fresh from being baked. I would love to be able to bake fresh bread at home.

  23. Wow, in just five minutes? I love homebaked bread, but, like you said, it's a tedious process. I will have to get this book!

  24. Bread is such a weakness of mine, always has been. Those dinner rolls look delish!

  25. This is awesome for me because I always mess up bread!


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