One of the most comforting memories of childhood has to be the smell of homemade yeast bread wafting throughout the house! Baking yeast bread, like many other kitchen traditions is making a comeback. Bread is a wonderful source of carbohydrades, especially if the flour is made from whole grains. (These kernels consist of three parts: the bran, the embryo and the endosperm). Eating breads made with whole grain flour can help you Make Half Your Grains Whole, as the dietary guidelines recommend.
However, the traditional yeast bread making method – proof yeast, knead dough, rise, punch down, rest, form, rise again, and bake….is being debunked!
I’ve been experimenting with many of the recipes in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day mostly to find a simple experience for baking yeast breads with children during 4-H summer camps. However, my experiments have been so successful that I have asked permission from Publicity @St. Martin’s Press to actually publish the master recipe as long as I give credit where credit is due.
There are those out there, myself included, that swear by the discovery of Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoë Francois that Artisan Bread can indeed be made in just five minutes of “active effort” every day.
The aforementioned authors published their first book in 2007. Currently, they have three best-selling cookbooks on the market, all of which are a very practical guide to producing delicious artisan bread and bread products that require a minimal of basic ingredients: flour, water, yeast and salt. The equipment is nominal too: measuring cups and spoons, a large storage container with a lid, a sturdy mixing tool and of course sheets or pans and an oven to bake your bread in. Of course there are other gadgets but none as necessary as what is listed.
Specifically, the authors choose the French boule (“boule” in French means “ball”) as the basic model for bread making as the shape is easy to form, the taste delicious and quite nutritious.
If you are interested in giving this process a try you can find the recipe in its entirety by clicking here Master Bread Recipe.