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We are surrounded by many different “trends” every day. Fashion is a big one. And there are financial trends, and weather trends, and definitely food trends. Before I discovered food blogging, I never really knew there were food trends. I just kind of made what I wanted, without realizing what the world around me was doing. But my eyes have been opened – in a good way. There are 2 big trends I’ve noticed in the food blogging world lately. The first is Dorie Greenspan. I think her newest book has taken over the blogging world. I’d be surprised to find more than a handful of food bloggers that haven’t heard about her, or that don’t have the book. The second trend that has hit us lately is the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. It’s like the no-knead bread that took the world by storm a while back, but everyone claims this is even better. So when I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Jaden awhile back, I was ecstatic. When I received the book, I read all of the beginning instructions many times. But being the procrastinator that I am, it took me a couple of weeks until I finally decided to try it out.

I love bread. I could eat it with every meal. But then I’d have to buy a whole new wardrobe, because unfortunately, I don’t have a metabolism that can handle bread at every meal! So while I love to make bread, I don’t do it a whole lot. And since there are only 2 of us, I thought I’d be safe making a half batch of this. I mixed everything up and stuck it in the fridge to be made another day.

I got 2 loaves out of a half recipe. The first loaf I made to serve with our Valentine’s Day dinner. And do you know what? It really does take 5 minutes or less of hands on time, and I was able to make this after work and have hot bread on the table for dinner. I did have a little problem with that first loaf, though. This is the picture of the front of the bread – it looks pretty…
And this was the back. I don’t know what happened, but part of the underside did something funky and blew out the bottom!! I had a good laugh about it, but it didn’t affect the taste at all. My husband and I ate the whole loaf at dinner that night, still hot from the oven. We dipped it in some olive oil, and it was almost like we were eating out!
The second loaf is the one that is pictured at the top of this post. It turned out better all the way around. As much as I enjoyed the first loaf, the second one was even better!! I was able to shape and slash it a little better (I’m getting better at this every time!) and I loved the taste of it even more. It says in the book that the longer the dough sits in the fridge, the more of a sourdough flavor it will take on, and it really does.

So is this bread really worth all of the hype around it?? You bet it is! Not only is it way easier than traditional bread making, but it is way faster, and the only way I can have fresh bread on the table for dinner while working all day long!!

Check out these other breads made from this book. And if these posts don’t make you want to run out and buy the book, I don’t know what will!

Sticky Pecan Caramel Cinnamon Rolls (and links to others she has made) from Steamy Kitchen
No Knead Brioche with Pink Almond Praline from Tartlette
Challah from Jumbo Empanadas
Raspberry Filled No Knead Doughnuts from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy
Brioche Filled with Chocolate Ganache from My Kitchen Treasures

Recipe to come (I forgot my book at home!)

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30 Responses to Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

  1. Happy cook says:

    I think it is a wonderful book this. I saw it in jadens place , ofcourse i didn’t win the book , lucky you :-)
    I bought them and have made the sticky rolls and also the brioche filled with chocolate gnache and both were easy and delicious

  2. Madam Chow says:

    I just got this book, and I’m soooo looking forward to making things from it! Have heard a lot of positive things about it.

  3. Madam Chow says:

    PS – I was just out in Utah!

  4. Happy cook says:

    I am really glad you added the brioche link to your post

  5. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Lucky you! I have tried the no-knead pizza dough and absolutely love not only the quickness but the taste is terrific! Can’t wait for this recipe, it looks tasty!

  6. Brilynn says:

    I have a picture of a loaf that looks just like that!!! I read in the book what the problem was though: when you slid the dough into the oven there probably wasn’t enough flour or cornmeal on the board you were using and it stuck a little. And if it got stuck there was probably a rip in the dough, that rip is the cause of your exploding dough. I simply added more cornmeal to the board when I made my second loaf and didn’t have that problem anymore.

  7. linda says:

    When I read Tartelette’s post this morning I already thought that I had to have this book. Your lovely breads have only enhanced that.

  8. glamah16 says:

    I was one of those handful, but know I know. I’m just going to have to click on one of these links to add to my collection. Most likely the bread book, as CS would prefer me to bake bread rather than tons of sweets.
    Your bread looks like its giving birth! Its like a double yolked egg, which some consider a lucky omen!

  9. ruthEbabes says:

    Your bread looks great! I just wish we had done this for the last daring bakers challenge… it would have saved a lot of time!

  10. RecipeGirl says:

    I really MUST get this book!!

  11. Jenny says:

    Mmmm, I love a good crusty bread. Sounds like a great cookbook. I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  12. mimi says:

    i love the photo of your bread, the crust and bubbles make it look so absolutely must. eat. now! i’ll have to go check out this book now before i start salivating over everyone else’s yummy creations.

  13. Arfi Binsted says:

    Your love of bread is just like my love of rice. I don’t really eat bread but I do love making them. Funny, but I love the process and the satisfaction given from the results. Good on you, Deborah!!

  14. Kevin says:

    That bread looks nice! The Artisan Bread book does sound interesting. I will have to flip through a copy at the bookstore to get a better look at it.

  15. White On Rice Couple says:

    You blew out the bottom…it’s so cute! Too bad you ate it all ready, cause we’d offer you to take it. The crust looks marvelous!

  16. SteamyKitchen says:

    lol! that is one funky shape!

  17. sher says:

    Wow! That’s amazing. It looks magnificent. I want some!

  18. kelly.dee says:

    I love that book! But it’s easy to catch “Bread Making Disease” or “Eating a Loaf of Bread Every Single Night” Syndrome.

    It is so addictive!

  19. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I’ve got Dorie’s book (it is amazing), but I don’t have the second one. Thanks for alerting me to it. Now, if I only had room on my book shelf….

  20. Bellini Valli says:

    I have bookmarked this bread to try out when my daughter is here at Easter. Like you my hips repel bread so I have to deprive myself. But that loaf of occasional bread does taste extremely good straight from the oven slathered in butter.

  21. Warda says:

    Your loaf looks spectacular. Although I try not to follow trends (fashion, food..etc) I am craving to mak this bread right now!

  22. Katia says:

    I am so glad you posted about this- I have been wondering if I should get that book. I am excited the bread turned out as well as it did- can’t wait to try it! Thanks.

  23. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Hi, Deborah! Your bread looks beautiful! Isn’t that cookbook the best!? I need to make up another batch of dough this weekend and try another one of thos great recipes.

    Thanks so much for the link!

  24. Tart Reform says:

    Wow. Hadn’t heard of it till your post…and now Amazon is shipping it my way. You should totally be getting part of the profits!

    oh, and the exploded bread looks great! I wanna know what it looked like while baking and exploding.

  25. kat says:

    I love this book too & bought it for my Dad who uses it all the time. We make the Buttermilk bread from it for our sandwich bread & it is sooo good!

  26. Mandy says:

    I have heard so much about this! I think I will just cave in one day to get it.

  27. kellypea says:

    Clearly, I’m not going to be able to avoid making this bread any longer. I see it everywhere and everyone raves about it. When you mentioned that it gets more like sourdough the longer it’s in the fridge, I was a gonner!

  28. Judy says:

    I discovered this book awhile back while following a thread on eGullet. Zoe will answer any questions you have about the whole process. Looks like I should get a copy and get started.

  29. Tiffany says:

    I had never heard of Dorie until I started reading food blogs. I kept reading about this Dorie person and couldn’t figure out who she was. Then I figured it out. Still don’t have any of her cookbooks. I don’t know, maybe I’m a non-conformist…but since I get so tired of reading about her stuff I just don’t want to do it myself…LOL!!!

  30. Ryansmom says:

    I’m so happy to have found your review of this book. I enjoyed reading your site!

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