Herbed Artisan Bread

Herbed Artisan Bread
Recipe by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day

Ah, bread. For me, it needs to be crusty on the outside and warm and chewy on the inside. But, other than using my bread maker, I haven't ventured too far into the art of bread making. I've always been intimidated by the work and time involved. So, I was thrilled when I found the book Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.

Their techniques revolutionize the art of bread making. With a little prep work at the beginning of a week, you can have fresh artisan quality bread every day in just a 5 minutes (not including baking time). Seems too good to be true, no? I bought the book and gave it a try.

I made the master recipe dough with a mix of herbs on Saturday night before I went to bed. I baked my first loaf on Sunday afternoon. According to the book, the longer the dough sits, the more flavourful it will become. I can't wait to try another loaf.

I think the first loaf turned out pretty well. What do you think?

Herbed Artisan Bread


eatingclubvancouver_js said...

The bread turned out really fantastic! It looks better than the so-called artisan breads available in groceries. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Wow, beautiful bread, bet it tastes super delish :)

Anonymous said...

Now that looks like pure culinary perfection. My mouth is watering.

Ilva said...

beautiful bread! Is the dough that white in reality too?

Zoe Francois said...

That is a positively gorgeous loaf! Thank you so much for trying the bread and sharing it with all of your readers.

Please check out all of our ideas for the bread that didn't make it in the book at www.artisanbreadinfive.com. There is also an errata sheet that you will want to print out, which can also be found at www.zoebakes.com.

Enjoy all the bread! Zoƫ

Dragon said...

js: Thanks. I made the second loaf today and it's even better!

zita: Thanks. The herbs are subtle and give it a wonderful flavour.

vanielje: Thanks. It made my mouth water also!

ilva: Thanks. Yes the dough is that white!

zoe: Thank you for writing such a fantastic book. I'm definitely a convert. :)

Anonymous said...

That is just beautiful, I absolutely loved it! Gorgeous!

Gabi said...

You have a beautiful blog! Great recipes and photos- thansk for visiting my opera cake :)

Anonymous said...

What kind of herbs did you use? (You're such a tease!)

test it comm said...

Your bread looks great! The rust looks perfectly golden brown.

Anonymous said...

It's a really good bread baking book. The scoring and crust looks great on your bread.

Dragon said...

Jeff: Thanks for writing such a helpful book!

Noble: Thank you.

Gabi: Thanks for visiting.

Hungry Hippo: Tease, eh? I used Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme.

Kevin: The crust was the perfect.

Jude: Thank you!

Anonymous said...

One word: WOW!

Susan said...

An exceptional boule! Pass the butter, please.

Dolores said...

That looks absolutely amazing. I clearly need to own the book.

Patricia Scarpin said...

My jaw just dropped. This is absolutely perfect!
I am so making this... ;)

Jeanne said...

Oh my word!!! As a confirmed bread baking phobic, I am utterly impressed with this. Looks too delicious. Maybe this book is my Holy Grail!

Deeba PAB said...

This is just the best bread I have ever laid my eyes on...next on my list! BTW, love the name Dragon!!
My fave Chinese symbol; has been for years.Am so glad you stopped by my blog!! Muchas gracias!!

Deeba PAB said...

Me again...can't get the loaf out of my head.Would you be able to send me the recipe whenever you have the time. The book is not available in Inda, *sigh*. I'm already thinking what I have to make over the weekend! YUM!!

Dragon said...

madam: Thanks!

susan: Butter on it's way.

dolores: You won't regret it.

patricia: Thanks!

jeanne: You must try it. I bet your creations will be amazing.

passionate baker: Thanks!

Arundathi said...

Dragon - that looks fabulous! looked everywhere and can't find the book here - so pretty disappointed! for your first loaf, this is incredibly professional looking! :D

Kirsty Girl said...

I have just found my weekend project. I'm off to check the website now.
Your loaf looks wonderful.

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