Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. & Zoe Francois, published 2009
“With over 200,000 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. Now with their second book, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, authors Dr. Jeff Hertzberg and Chef Zoë François are helping people lead a healthier lifestyle.
Whether you are looking for more whole grains, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, training for a triathlon, trying to reduce your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, this book delivers.”
I made two recipes: the master bread recipe and the 100% Whole Wheat bread, plain and simple with some added honey. Making the bread was very simple, especially since there is no kneading and both recipes had less than six ingredients. The actual preparation and mixing of the dough only took a few minutes, but you do have to allow several hours to let the dough rest and bake. The best part of their method is that once you mix a dough, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days and bake as needed for a fresh loaf anytime. You can even add ingredients, like fruits, vegetables or cheese, to some of the premixed doughs to make a gourmet treat.
How did the bread taste? The master bread recipe was a little bland, but the whole wheat with added honey was so delicious. We gobbled up the first loaf, so I baked the 2nd loaf right away. What I really like about their recipes is that all the ingredients are natural and healthy. There are no preservatives, ingredients I can’t pronounce or high fructose corn syrup, ingredients found in most store bought breads. (Even a locally owned artisan bakery in Omaha uses high fructose corn syrup in their breads!)
If your family is looking for healthier food options, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day is a great bread recipe book. Their bread baking technique is an intermediate cooking skill, but they do a good job of explaining every step and making the process very simple. This book would be appropriate for beginners or baking professionals who want to make healthy artisan bread.
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