Bread Making for Those With No Time

| 11/10/2009 11:39:00 AM

Homemade bread sliced and ready to eat

A Sell Family PortraitYou can do it. You can make tasty, healthy bread every week. You can be the busy mom of three or the work-10-hours-per-day dad or the away-from-home-most-the-time couple and STILL have that homemade bread on the table every night.

Let me level with you: I am a wife, a mother of two, a farmer, a freelance designer and a writer all in one day. Once I’m up, it’s GO GO GO until the sun sets. I know how it is. I get it. Having a healthy meal in and of itself is challenge enough without the laborious task of mixing and kneading bread. But last November I came across a recipe and concept that changed our dinner table forever.

One of our favorite magazines published an article about a bread recipe that one could accomplish in 5 minutes per day. Not only that, it would taste like you just came out of a New York bakery. I was skeptical, but eager to be making my family’s bread. The article was talking to the authors of a book called Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Even though I am going to tell you about the basic techniques in this blog, I highly recommend purchasing the book to learn even more!

From the first batch of dough I made, it was a raving success! I bought the book and continued to learn for the last year. I have made a large batch of dough to last the week and I have not missed a single week (except for a two month period during our harvest season).

You can do this too! I have shared this recipe with countless friends and mothers within my sphere of influence. It is easy. It’s beyond delicious. And the ideas are really fun. Let me take you through my steps. These are little variations that I’ve found work for me and you can build off my experience.

The Basic Dough

This is a basic mix, and I do mean basic. People almost always raise their brows when I tell them the four ingredients that went into it. You can make a lot of different breads from this recipe alone. Pizza dough, cinnamon rolls, dinner buns. And of course bread loaves!

Jeffrey Reffo
10/31/2012 4:17:34 PM

I need to tell you that honestly you have brought effortless, delicious, and rewarding bread making back into my house. I have made many different variations of this and cannot get enough. Thank you for your detailed account and for sharing.

chris davidson
1/9/2012 1:39:29 AM

HELP!!! I followed this exactly and my dough was like pancake batter. what did I do wrong? I made hte dough twice with same results. I thought the first time i miss counted the number of cups of flour until it happened the second time. I don't scoop my flour with the measuring cup i scoop with a spoon and put it in the measuring cup, heaping and leveling. is it possible that the flour was too fluffy for the lack of a better word?

5/19/2010 5:15:39 PM

I totally love this recipe. I have the newer book that is Healthy bread in 5 mins, which is all whole grain breads. I really agree with upping the salt. So much better than wonder bread!

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