Monday, October 28, 2013

The NEW Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day-Updated Book

Did you know there's a new edition of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day? Yep, the authors revised the original book by adding tips and hints from their blog, some new recipes (including a Crock Pot Bread) and a gluten free chapter. I jumped at the chance to review the book when the publisher asked me if I'd like to! It was fun to go back over the basics and pick out the new recipes.
Pictured: Wisconsin Beer-Cheese Bread
One technique that was reinforced was making the dough ahead of time and letting it hang out in the fridge before use. It can stay in the fridge from one to two weeks depending on the recipe. Since it's so easy I had gotten into the habit of making the dough the day I planned to bake the bread. While that works fine, allowing it to mingle in the fridge for a while really helps develop the flavor and makes it much easier to handle and shape. So I'm putting the dough bucket back into my fridge:@)
My favorite tip from the new book was, instead of pouring water into a hot pan (which I was never comfortable with) add a few ice cubes to a pan instead-love that idea! So now I put my 8" cast iron skillet on the bottom shelf of the oven to heat up and drop 3-4 ice cubes into that and it works perfectly!
I made the Beer-Cheese Bread with a nice hearty Brown Ale and cheddar, and I'm looking forward to trying the American-Style Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread soon. Don't hesitate to pick up this book or give this easy, almost foolproof technique for bread making a try folks! It's not a bad idea for a Christmas gift either... Christmas is coming, just sayin'.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)


  1. What a gorgeous loaf of bread Lynn. The texture is perfect.

  2. I could go for a slice of that right now--a little butter and marmalade too please.


  3. That is my favorite kind of bread. I love artisan bread.

  4. I might have to put this book on my list! I love bread and have been meaning to try this type!

  5. No Beer-Cheese Bread recipe??? I'm so sad, it's looks fabulous. pssst, I saw on Julie's blog you haven't tried Biscoff yet. You are missing out and so are we, cause I want to see what you do with it!!!! Happy Halloween, Lyn.

  6. Gosh, I'd jump at the chance to review their new cookbook, too. The bread looks fabulous and I love their techniques. xo

  7. What a great choice! I need a bowl of stew to go with it!! Love the Artisan Bread Cookbook...will take a look at this one.

  8. Whata great bread, just perfect for creamy soup in a cold days!

  9. Beautiful bread Lynn! I need to take a look at this book!


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