Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

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Several posts ago, I mentioned that I bought one of my favorite books as a gift for my friend Becky for her birthday.  I also mentioned that I would be posting about it later.  Well, this is that post. And this is that book – Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day!

I really can’t say enough about it. With a few weeks to go before Christmas last year, I decided I wanted to add some bakeware to my Christmas list. I wanted to try my hand at baking bread, but I really had no idea what to do or even what to get. I did some research on bread making, and this book was pretty much at the top of the list. So I added it, and a baking stone, to my Christmas list – and boy, am I ever glad I did! This book really has revolutionized baking in my home. Now, I bake bread all the time – full-flavored, soft on the inside and crusty on the outside, delicious artisan bread.  I rarely buy bread at the store anymore, and there’s no end to the variations of loaves to be made.  I always have a batch of dough in my fridge ready to go – and it really is easy!  If you’re interested, check out the authors at their website. They’re coming out with a new book in October, and I can hardly wait!

Okay, I will end the shameless plug now (and no, they didn’t pay me to say all that). I’ll end this post with one of my favorite breads to make using the master recipe from their website: pepperoni bread!

Servings: 10 (slices)

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with your baking stone and a broiler pan inside. Mix the yeast and salt in with the water.

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Add in the flour.

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Mix it all together.

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The dough after rising for about two hours:

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The dough rolled out, and ready for the filling to be added!

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A sprinkling of mozzarella cheese…

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…and pepperoni, of course!

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Rolled up, dusted, and ready to go in the oven.

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Slide the dough onto the baking stone, and pour one cup of water into the broiler pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Here it is finished baking and cooling on a rack:

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A slice fresh from the oven!

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16 Responses to “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day”

  1. 1 Tim Brazell Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Dear God that looks good.

  2. 2 Jeff Hertzberg Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    No, we didn’t pay you, but we do thank you! So glad the recipes are working for you. Come visit the website anytime with bread questions;

    Jeff Hertzberg (Co-author)

  3. 3 Tracy Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Tim – it is! You should try it. :-)

    Jeff – thank you!! I certainly will. :-D

  4. 4 Bridget Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Ok…I’m going to be on the lookout for that book, now! Thanks!

  5. 5 Katie Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hey Tracy,
    Your recipes are amazing!! I love looking at your site and getting ideas of foods to make!

  6. 6 Tracy Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Bridget – excellent; I know you won’t be disappointed!

    Katie – thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. :-)

  7. 7 megan Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I just bought this book for a friend! Maybe I should buy one for me too :)

  8. 8 Jackie Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 am

    From the beginning of this recipe until the part where you roll is out, will that make the bread bowls for your broccoli and cheddar soup? BTW I’m in LOVE with this site!

  9. 9 Tracy Says:
    September 3rd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Jackie – Yes, I used the same dough to make my broccoli cheddar soup bowls. :-)

  10. 10 Fadara Zulpo Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    My Husband bought me my first bread maker – now researching to get the most out of it. Been doing a lot of bookmarking :-)

  11. 11 Katie Says:
    October 18th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Can you clarify? Is a baking stone the same thing as a pizza stone? Why the broiler pan?

  12. 12 Tracy Says:
    October 18th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Katie – Yes, the baking stone is the same as a pizza stone. As for the broiler pan, you can use any type of oven-safe dish you like to pour the water in. The steam that you get from pouring the water into the hot dish is what helps the bread bake up with a soft inside and crackly crust. Hope that helps!

  13. 13 Sarah Says:
    December 1st, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    What if I don’t have any kosher salt?

  14. 14 Tracy Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Sarah – It doesn’t have to be kosher salt, you can use any type of coarse salt that you like. Hope that helps!

  15. 15 Christine Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I’ve never used a broiler pan before (and certainly not for bread) so can you explain to me when you put the water in? You said to put the pan in the oven so that it’s hot – is that including the water or do you add the water later, when you’re ready to bake the bread?

  16. 16 Tracy Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Christine – You don’t need to use a broiler pan per se; any dish or pan that is oven-safe will do. Just place the pan in with the baking stone while the oven preheats so that it gets nice and hot, and then when you place the bread dough on the stone to bake, pour the water into the pan and you’ll get instant steam as it hits the hot pan. Hope that helps!

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