Really? Healthy Bread in 5 minutes a day?

 I'm a new believer that you can make bread in 5 minutes a day if you really want to!  I've been reading this awesome cookbook and playing around with a few of the recipes.  Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a day really works!!!

When we got married, almost 17 years ago, one of the ladies at my work bought us a bread machine.  I used it quite a bit on and off for a few years.  I haven't had it the past 6 years so I haven't baked any bread.  One of my things I told myself that I wanted to do for 2010 was to start baking bread and pizza crust.  My kids are not a fan of whole wheat bread, yet.  They love "icky" bread as their Nana calls it!  You know what I'm talking about.  So for them I also wanted to get them eating a healthier bread.

I started off making pg. 53, A Whole Grain Artisan Free-Form Loaf. This dough is used in many of the recipes in the book.  I think it took me longer to go buy the ingredients at the store than it did to actually make the dough.  It was pretty weird to not have to knead the dough.  I know all my other bread recipes calls for kneading. I bought a container to mix the ingredients and store the dough in the fridge!  With the one batch of dough I made 1 loaf of bread and 3 pizza doughs.  I have one batch left and that will be used tomorrow for a loaf of bread.  Tomorrow is day 14 of the dough in my fridge.  I purposefully waited the 14 days to make the last bread to see how it taste after 14 days.

I liked the fresh crusty, warm taste of the free form whole wheat bread.  My last batch, I'm going to bake it in a loaf pan.  I loved the dough for pizza.  My kids told me that I need to add honey to the dough. So I need to look into that for the next round of baking. 

Eating Well Should Be Healthy Too! (Click to read more about the book)

Author Bios 
Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., coauthor of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients, is a physician with twenty years of experience in health care as a practitioner, consultant, and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His interest in baking and preventive health sparked a quest to adapt the techniques of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for healthier ingredients.
Zoë François, coauthor of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients, is passionate about food that is real, healthy, and always delicious. She is a pastry chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to teaching baking and pastry courses nationally, she consults to the food industry and is the creator of the recipe blog She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.
The authors answer bread questions at their Web site:


  1. this sounds great--I plan on checking it out. I have enjoyed my bread machine, but the only recipes that have worked are the ones that came in the book with the machine. These you did without machine? Sounds very interesting. And who can't spare 5 min. a day?? =]

  2. I so want this book. I've been trying to make whole wheat sandwich bread and haven't been very successful.

  3. I have this book and I love how easy it is to just cut a chunk off, put in my warming drawer and then the's soooo good, even after a couple of days of sitting in the fridge.



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