Thursday, November 13, 2008

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day

You must have seen this before in the blogosphere. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I didn't pay much attention to it until today, thinking I ought to learn proper bread-baking first, before diving into shortcuts. But thanks to Southernoise, I learnt just how easy it is to get really good bread. My first try yielded this baguette-like white bread with chewy crust and soft insides. This completely throws whatever I've learnt about bread-baking out the window!

Here's a video of the authors Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë Francois giving a demo on Showcase Minnesota.

And here's the recipe for the master bread given by the station's website. They use a pizza peel but you can use a baking tray, Silpat or other suitable baking container. I used an ordinary loaf pan. And I didn't use any water, although had two other moist items baking simultaneously as well.

You can create a whole variety of breads. The book will tell you how. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: the Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press, Nov 2007)


  1. I suddenly think of curry.. Lots and lots of curry.. :-p

  2. artisan bread in 5 mins? Amazing! I've always hesitate to make bread cos of the proofing time. Perhaps I should give this a try soon.

  3. whoa this is interesting!

    thanks for sharing.

  4. Artisan bread in 5, teh ultimate bread book for hassle free baking!

  5. Your loaf looks wonderful! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and sharing it with your readers.

    Please come visit us at This week we are giving away 2 books because it is the anniversary of the book coming out!

    Thanks, Zoë François (co-author)

  6. wow! gorgeous looking bread camemberu :)

  7. I have been working through this book for months now, and I love it! We have made a good number of things and have had very good and delicous luck.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I LOVE this book and use it all the time. It makes the best bread ever and it is so easy! I know how to make bread the slow way but I hardly ever do it anymore because we like this bread so much better.

  9. Wow! I definately have to try it. SO EASY!

  10. K-man: yes, I did eat it with curry!

    Didally: some proofing time is still needed to let bread rise before baking but at least there's no kneading involved!

    Southernoise: ha, many thanks to you! I wish I tried this earlier!

    Zoe! Thanks for dropping by. I linked to artisanbreadinfive but I will check out your own Zoebakes site.

    独孤求胜, diva, K8, Mrs Mordecai, Manuela: thank you all for your encouraging comments! Yeah, now I don't know what to do with my regular bread-baking books!

  11. I can't wait to try this bread out as its pretty similar to the no knead bread. I like the idea where you can let the dough sit in the fridge for a long time. Thanks for sharing.


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