With over 100,000 copies in print, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has proven that people want to bake their own bread provided they can do it easily and quickly. Knowing that people are changing the way they eat and bake because of health concerns or lifestyle choices, the authors took their established method and applied it to breads rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. That is where Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes in. Health-conscious bread eaters need homemade options more than anyone else. They want delicious bread, but they can't find the healthy ingredients they'd like to use in traditional bakeries, or in traditional recipes. Whether you are looking for more whole grains, whether you're vegan, gluten-free, training for a triathlon, trying to reduced your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, this book delivers.
For all who discovered artisan bread through the first book and for health-conscious breadlovers everywhere, this book is a must-have. Includes Recipes for:
• Whole Grain Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina
• Turkish-Style Pita Bread with Black Sesame Seeds
• Cherry Tomato Baguette
• Gluten-Free Rosemary Parmesan Bread Sticks
• Spicy Chile Whole Grain Snack Crackers
• Quinoa Bread
• Pistachio Swirled Brioche
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October 27, 2009
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553 of 557 found the following review helpful:
Making it healthy and easy to bake bread! Oct 28, 2009
By Howard A. I have been a fan of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (ABFM). The main problem with that book is the bread came out so good, I tended to eat too much of it (but loving every minute of it).
One of the great things about the technique in ABFD is that the recipes are very forgiving and flexible, and I usually made variations, including using more whole grains.
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day will not only alleviate some of the guilt, it has some really wonderful recipes and ideas using a wide range of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, gluten-free breads and pastries and even some healthy variations on some of the more delicious but not necessarily the healthiest breads from ABFD (such as the 100% whole grain butterfat and yolk fee Brioche!).
I tried many of the recipes in ABFD and most were very good to excellent, some outstanding.
I will, sadly, be putting ABFD on the shelf at least for a while. I really look forward to exploring the healthy recipes in this book. Let's see, if I make a different bread every 4 days, it will only take me about a year to go through the entire book.
For those of you who have not tried Artisan Bread, the technique is really as easy as the writers claim, it is virtually foolproof, and you can now have fresh homemade bread at any time with almost no fuss whatsoever. Once you get this book, you will never buy bread from a store again. You can freeze the dough and it tastes just as good thawed. I took some frozen dough on a trip and enjoyed homemade bread far from home.
The title "Five Minutes a Day" is based on preparation time. It takes less than 20 minutes to completely prepare most recipes to make about 4 loaves (you can easily half or double the recipes). Of course, you still have to bake the bread, but that is not active cooking time. You can easily freeze the dough and build a store of different breads in your freezer. Over time, depending on how much bread you eat, you will probably less than 5 minutes a day on average.
Though a good number of recipes use only whole grains and "healthy" ingredients, some recipes use smaller amounts of unbleached white flour, small amounts of sugar. However, the writers encourage you to make substitutes if you like, which is what I did with ABFD.
The only improvement to the book I can think of at the present time is listing somewhere in the book which recipes are vegan (my daughter is vegan and I am vegetarian). Though I can figure that out for myself by flipping through the book, it would be nice to have those recipes listed.
As an added bonus to delicious recipes, according to the book, the cost of a loaf of bread made at home is about $.40 per loaf. That cost probably is more for recipes that use less well-known grains, or more expensive ingredients, but then again those bread would be more expensive to buy in the store in any case. No matter which recipes you choose, you will be saving money.
Should you buy this if you already have the first book? I did, and I am glad that I did. I am impressed with the wide range of recipes and their creative approach to making bread not merely delicious, but healthier.
One more thing: the writers have an incredible website (healthybreadinfive), where they have additional recipes, and a great bread making community sharing tips and experiences. Though I have not posted on the web site, they answer questions and even based some of the recipes in their new book on suggestions from readers.
Add healthy bread to your diet and save money. Zoe and Jeff, thanks for bringing fresh, easy to make, bread back into my life!
This is my first ever review on Amazon, but I felt this book merited a strong endorsement.
I've begun to try the recipes
I used the rye as a a sandwich bread, and made a pizza crust (and a regular loaf) from the avocado-guacamole bread. These recipes are about 1/3 whole wheat. The recipes seem a little less forgiving in terms of getting the time right (I undercooked one loaf of rye, and overcooked a loaf of the avocado-guacamole bread). It may have something to do with the whole wheat, but I'm not sure.
The Bran Muffin Bread came out wonderfully, great crust, light inside, slightly sweet and delicious. Also used it for French Toast, which was great!
I combined 2 recipes, 100% Whole Wheat with Olive Oil and 100% Whole Wheat with Flaxseed. Great crust and very good whole wheat taste with the extra nutrition of flaxseed. It is particularly good as a bread for sandwiches. I used the dough for the Algerian Flat Bread (a pan fried bread) which was a real treat.
I just made the 100% whole wheat with brown rice breat. This was a great bread and somewhat unusual. The bread crumb looks lighter than regular whole wheat bread, which might make it more acceptable to fussy eaters (read "kids"). The crust is delicious. When it comes out of the oven it is particularly crunchy with a nice combination of wheat and rice flavors intermixed.
Keep in mind, that while these recipes are "healthier" than regular bread recipes that just use regular flours, most are not pure whole grains, but a combination of unbleached white with other grains. There are some 100% whole wheat recipes as well. However, all the recipes do have a healthier twist and I am very happy with the book. I'm looking forward to trying many other recipes such as: Pistachio Twist, Gluten Free Cheddar and Sesame Bread, Carrot Bread, Lentil Curry Bread.
A question of time. Does it really only takes five minutes a day? Although there are some recipes which are more complicated (but delicious) many of the basic recipes do take the equivalent of 5 minutes a day. For a fantastic new illustrated step by step walk through of the basic recipe, go to the author's website [...].
In summary, you get a large container, put in the yeast, salt, warm water, and flour, and mix. Most recipes make enough for four loaves (though usually can be doubled or halved). Timing myself, including the time to get the ingredients from various places in my kitchen, to mixing them, to cleaning up, many of the recipes will take between 10 to 15 minutes for the initial batch ( not including waiting time). Then, each time you want to make a loaf, you take a grapefruit size of the flour (which you have refrigerated), let it get to room temperature, put it in the oven and bake. the total amount of time I usually spend to make four loaves of bread is less than 20 minutes. Of course, there are some extremely delicious recipes that require some extra steps, but even most of these only take a few more minutes. I do not have a container big enough for the eight loaves at a time, but if I was really concerned about time, I could do that. Most of the doughs can be frozen. I usually make 2 or 3 of the loaves, freeze the rest, and then began to build a bank of various breads I can thaw and then freshly bake.
165 of 167 found the following review helpful:
Exceeded my expectations Oct 29, 2009
By SJK I have been a huge fan of the authors' first book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and to say that I was impatiently anticipating this one would be an understatement. I received it the day it came out, 2 days ago, and have already read through it twice. I pulled my first loaf of 100% Whole Grain Maple Oatmeal Bread from the oven this morning, and I wish I could describe to you the smell in my house right now! After letting it cool for a few minutes, I sliced off a piece and it was heavenly. Texture, flavor, everything was spot-on.
My copy is full of tape flags for those that I must-make-right-away: Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (including making the dough into hamburger or hot dog buns!), Pesto and Pine Nut Bread, Anadama Corn Bread, Quinoa Bread, Brown Rice & Prune Bread, Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Bread, and Honey Graham Bread top the list. There is also a chapter specifically for gluten-free breads and treats, which look wonderful. Honestly, I haven't seen any that I don't want to try, and I'm also looking forward to mixing and matching with some of the ideas from the first book. (The sun-dried tomato and parmesan is one of our favorites from that one, and I'll be making it with one of the whole-grain doughs very soon.)
Be aware that they do call for a few specialty ingredients, but nothing that I wasn't able to find in my local natural foods store - most were even in my regular supermarket. Anyone who is already doing some whole grain baking will have many of the ingredients already on their shelves.
In addition to the wonderful recipes, the authors also impart much knowledge that they've learned since the first book. The material in the introductory/informational chapters in the beginning is great - I'm especially happy that they included info for weighing ingredients.
Thanks, Zoe and Jeff, for another masterpiece! Can't wait for the next one. ;)
106 of 108 found the following review helpful:
Good enough to skip the pie! Nov 29, 2009
By Sheila A. Dechantal While I openly admit, I dont eat a lot of bread products day to day, I do enjoy a really good bread. Really good bread to me is a hearty bread loaded with flavor, grains, fruit, vegies.... those are the ones I find hard to resist. What I discovered in this book, Healthy Bread In Five Minutes A Day was a whole book full of recipes as well as tips to make just the kind of bread that I would find hard to resist.
I thought Thanksgiving would be a great time to create one of the mouth watering recipes from this book. On page 145 I found just the recipe, 100% Whole Grain Maple Oatmeal Bread? Sound good? Good didnt even begin to describe it! Using whole wheat flour and old fashioned oats, I followed this recipe step by step to make a delicious tasting and smelling bread that filled the house with a pleaseantness that had my whole family wanting to know - when do we get to eat it?
For a person who doesn't really do anything slow... this was a lesson in good bread making. I need two hours to let the dough rise and collapse. On the bright side of this, the bread dough can be made up to seven days in advance and kept refrigerated until you are ready to bake - so a fresh loaf could be at your fingertips!
The end result was a good looking loaf of bread that I was pleased with and the flavor of maple and cinnamon made for a "skip the pie" worthy treat. This would make a wonderful gift to the baker you know.
73 of 74 found the following review helpful:
Gluten Free Paradise Mar 30, 2010
By BekahKnits This review applies specifically to the Gluten Free recipes. Please do not mark as "unhelpful" if you do not use these recipes.
You will never go back to those syrupy-tasting, stomach-bomb store-bought loaves!
I've tried the Brioche recipe and the Olive Oil Bread recipe (the two main recipes). The Olive Oil bread is by far the best for sandwiches, rolls etc. It has mild flavor and is more like regular bread than anything I've ever tasted. Tastes great with Thyme sprinkled over the top.
The Brioche is sweet and will probably work well for the cinnamon rolls and the pastries. I attempted the cinnamon rolls, but the dough stuck horribly to the SILPAT and I scooped it off and just baked it as a loaf. I recommend using some flour to dry out the dough a little (don't knead) and brushing melted butter on the SILPAT and on the waxed paper or plastic wrap you lay on top to roll it out. This has worked for me before with other recipes.
The Brioche is flavored with Honey instead of sugar. The Olive Oil bread is flavored with vinegar but does not produce a sour flavor as you might think.
Three CONS to the gluten free recipes are:
1. They all call for tapioca flour, sorghum flour, corn starch etc. All STARCH! If you want a truly healthy gluten free bread I recommend Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Mix which has enough sorghum and tapioca flour to produce the texture needed but is mixed with two kinds of bean flour for protein, vitamins and fiber. I replaced the starches with Bob's Red Mill mix and used brown rice flour as the recipe called for. The result was fantastic! (Even though Bob's Red Mill mix has xantham gum in it, I still used the 2 Tbs. called for in the recipe. If you use Bob's mix know that bean flour comes out darker than starchy flour. So don't use egg wash.)
Also, only one recipe in the book calls for Quinoa, and it's not a gluten free recipe. I don't know how the authors overlooked the healthier flour alternatives, but since they are new to gluten free baking (as they say in the book and got outside help) I won't hold it against them.
2. The wood paddle isn't necessary either. Kind of silly when you realize you just spent $40 on a piece of wood just for the nostalgia. I just wet my hands, take out the amount dough necessary, form it in my hands, and rest it on the SILPAT on the cookie sheet with a cloth over it until baking time. When I get my stone I will just scoop it off with my hands and place it on the stone. There are instructions for baking it halfway with the SILPAT on the stone, then removing it for the rest of the baking.
3. The GF recipes don't tell you to cut across the top before baking for that artisan look. I don't know if this works with GF dough as I haven't tried it. I smooth the surface with water on my fingers and sprinkle herbs on it.
When I tried these recipes my Baking Stone had not come yet, and I just baked it on the SILPAT on my cookie sheet. A tip: When you make the Olive Oil bread and the instructions say to throw a cup of water in the broiler pan (watch the video on their website), make sure you do it the way they do. The first time I placed the water in the pan and then the pan in the oven. The second time I place the pan in the oven, let it warm up with the oven, and then put the water in creating the big burst of steam like in the video. This is important to the rise and texture of the bread, I found. Much better with the big burst of steam, though my pan warped a little. A worthy sacrifice, IMO.
When making the Hot Dog Buns remember that Gluten Free dough does not expand and rise like regular dough. Make them about as big as you want the finished bun to be, they will not get much bigger when baked. I did this with the Brioche recipe, but will do it with the Olive Oil recipe from now on.
I also used the Olive Oil dough to make dumplings on chicken soup, just scooped out small handfuls from the tub in the fridge. They were great.
I made Banana Bread with freeze-dried banana pieces that I reconstituted and just mixed with a loaf's worth of dough and some spices, then formed. Big hit.
Also, if you have trouble making GF dough rise, like I do, set it on top of the stove with the oven heated to 300*F in the plastic tub for its 2-hour rising time. This makes softer bread and yields the said 4 loaves. If the dough does not rise near to the top of the tub you will not get 4 loaves and the bread will be denser, but still not as heavy as the store-bought kind.
I tried the Authentic Foods Dough Enhancer and it wasn't as good. The Dough Enhancer is just lecithin, ascorbic acid, tapioca, and ginger that claims to be a "yeast activator". Don't bother.
Be sure to read through the other, non-gluten free recipes for inspiration. There is Stollen, Challah and doughnuts which can be made with the Brioche dough. At least one other recipe referred to Gluten Free dough as a substitute.
Buy the yeast in bulk--the packets are a rip-off and it takes 3 ½ pkts to get the 2Tbs required.
It costs me about $1.50 per loaf (you make 4 loaves at a time, so $5 worth of flour, $.25 for 4 eggs and yeast divided by 4 loaves.) Compare that to the $8 store-bought stuff it's worth its weight in gold. In this economy that's saying a lot.
104 of 121 found the following review helpful:
Most Recipes NOT 100% Whole Grain Sep 27, 2010
By S. Rivas
"Luv my kiddos!!"
I was really excited to get my book in the mail. I couldn't wait to try out all the healthy recipes and take my ordinary baking DAY and turn it into baking just minutes each time I needed a loaf of bread. Unfortunately, I thought that "Healthy & Whole Grains" in the title implied that all the recipes would use 100% Whole Grains. This isn't true and I am sadly disappointed. The whole reason I choose to make my bread at home is so that I can avoid all the preservatives, refined grains and high cost of supermarket breads. At home, I can grind my own 100% whole grain organic flour. I can add healthy extras like Flaxseed, sunflower seeds...etc. I can use natural sweeteners like honey or sucanat.
Although there are a few 100% whole grain recipes in the book (which are very good btw), the majority of the recipes use at least 3 cups of all purpose flour. I haven't tried the recipes with the all purpose flour yet, so I can't say if they are good or not. Though they do like like they will be delicious!
So be for-warned... if you are looking for a book filled with 100% whole grain bread recipes, keep looking.