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Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg
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Dec 21, 2009

it was amazing
Read in December, 2009

I have recently been experimenting with baking my own bread and this is the best cookbook I’ve found. The recipes are both easy to follow and forgiving of mistakes. I absolutely love the method of making large batches of dough that can be kept for 2 weeks or more in the refrigerator. Then all you have to do is take some out, shape it, and give it a couple of hours to rise. It makes fresh bread for dinner, on a weeknight, easy and convenient.
There are many, many variations that allow for the variety I crave. So far I have made the basic whole wheat recipe which made a couple of regular loaves, some spicy crackers, and a loaf with cheese and olives. The flavor is complex and the loaves are hearty – definitely artisan style bread. For Thanksgiving I made the Pumpkin Pie Brioche first as rolls and then in a loaf. It produced beautiful rust colored bread with a lovely, slightly sweet flavor. A big hit for the holidays! Most recently I made the Whole Wheat Banana Bread, perfect for toast in the morning. There are so many variations I am eager to try – Pesto Pinenut Bread, Chocolate Expresso Bread, Cherry Tomato Baguettes, and the basic recipe as pizza crust. This has quickly become the most often used cookbook in my kitchen!
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