Baking Bread with The New Artisan Bread in Five

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Early in 2009, I became enamored with making my own artisan breads. At the time, I would frequently walk to the local store and pick up a nice loaf of Pugliese.  The cost was $5.00.  That’s right.  A bit of flour, water, salt and yeast with a few olives thrown in for five bucks.  There had to be a better way.

As it turned out, I happened upon a YouTube video demonstrating how to make artisan bread using a no knead method for as little as fifty cents a loaf.  Fifty cents!  I was hooked.  And so began my love affair with Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois and their book, Artisan Bread in Five.  You may recognize the title because I wrote about it a few years back in the article Baking Bread and Why You Should Do It.

Baking Bread with The New Artisan Bread in Five

Hundreds of loaves later, I was thrilled to learn that the original book had been updated and newly published as The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Today I share the final book in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 4.0 and present you with an opportunity to win a copy of this book for free.  More about the giveaway in a moment, but first, a bit about the book and the Artisan Bread In Five method of baking bread.

Making Bread the Easy Way

In my own words, the Artisan Bread In Five method of bread-baking involves combining four basic ingredients in a tub.  The tub of dough sits on the counter for a couple of hours to rise and is then refrigerated for up to two weeks.

The five minute part begins when your are ready to bake some bread.  What you do is cut off a grapefruit sized ball, do a quick, 30 second shaping, then place the dough on a board or piece of parchment and let it rest for about 40 minutes.  It then gets popped into a very hot oven where it springs to life as a lovely loaf of delicious artisan bread.  Yes, it is truly that simple and the only real labor involved takes five minutes, if that.

The Artisan Bread In Five secret is that the pre-mixed, pre-risen, high moisture dough requires no kneading plus it keeps well in the refrigerator.  This eliminates the need to measure out the ingredients, mix them up and knead the dough when you wish to put a fresh loaf of crusty, wholesome bread on the table.  No special equipment is needed and there is no messy kneading – ever.

What Is New in the Updated Book?

Good question.  The newly revised Artisan Bread In Five (or Artisan BIN5) has over 30 new recipes as well as numerous other refinements.  There are lots of tips this time around plus 40 color and 100 black and white photos.  In addition, the ingredients are listed by volume and also by weight plus there is a greatly expanded index.

One of the more significant additions is an entire section on baking gluten-free breads using the Artisan in Five method. I know for many of you, that is huge since reliable gluten-free bread recipes are difficult to find.

That’s All Good, But What About the Bread?

Because using fresh ground wheat is important to me, I tested the Artisan BIN5 “Master Recipe” using a combination of unbleached white flour and freshly milled white wheat flour.  I then baked two loaves, one in my electric oven (free form) and one in my HERC Tea Light Oven (in a loaf pan).

Here are a couple of photos along with the Master Recipe.

Artisan Bread - Fine Loaf

Artisan Bread Herc

The Master Recipe: Artisan Bread In Five

Makes four 1 pound loaves.

  • 3 cups lukewarm water  (about 100 degrees)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast (about 1-1/2 packets)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons kosher salt (can use less)
  • 6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached flour, measured with the scoop & sweep method
  • Cornmeal for pizza peel or parchment paper (I used parchment)

Note:  I used 5 cups unbleached flour and 1 1/2 cups freshly ground/milled flour

1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. I use a dough whisk to mix things up but you can use a spoon or even a stand mixer or food processor.  But why do that?  The hand mixing is the fun part.

Artisan Bread Ingredients

It really does not matter how you mix the wet and dry ingredients as long as the mixture is uniform. The dough will be quite loose so don’t panic. Cover, loosely and let the dough rise at room temperature 2 hours (or up to 5 hours).

2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes or up to 90 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough or refrigerate it.  (Or skip the peel and use parchment paper on a baking sheet.)

Artisan Bread Perfect Ball of Dough

3. Place a broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat a baking stone at that temperature for 20 minutes. Or, if you don’t have a baking stone, use a cast iron skillet or even a greased baking sheet.

Bonus:  You can also shape the dough and bake it in a traditional loaf pan!  See the book for details.

Artisan Bread Loaf Pan

4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is today’s question – it is a fun one!

What three items will you miss the most in a post-SHTF kitchen?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

The Final Word

Baking bread from scratch is a no-brainer. Not only will you save a lot of money, but your bread will be healthier and will taste better. Plus, in a SHTF situation, having the skill to bake delicious breads from simple ingredients will make you a valuable community asset and will give you something to barter should the need arise.  Trust me.  If I can make artisan bread, so can you.

I encourage you to enter the giveaway; you are absolutely going to fall in love with the book and this easy peasy method for baking bread with a minimal of fuss and very little mess.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight Item:  The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

A fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling, ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day—the revolutionary approach to bread-making.  Responding to their thousands of ardent fans, Jeff and Zoë returned to their test kitchens to whip up more delicious recipes.

They’ve also included a gluten-free chapter, forty all-new gorgeous color photos, and one hundred informative black-and-white how-to photos. They’ve made the “Tips and Techniques” and “Ingredients” chapters bigger and better than ever before, and included readers’ Frequently Asked Questions

Bargain Bin: Are you ready to begin baking? Here are some tools to get you started.

Danish Dough Whisk: Besides the book, this is the one must-have that I recommend to all bread bakers. This gizmo makes mixing up the dough a lot – and I mean a lot – easier.

Lodge Cast Iron Loaf Pan: This is next on my “cast iron that I covet list”. As you know, cast iron heats up evenly and retains heat for super cooking results. Mmmm . . . think of the quick breads, meat loaves and more from a cast iron loaf pan!

Cambro 6-Quart Round Food-Storage Container with Lid, Set of 2:  I started out using Rubbermaid storage containers (and I think that is what you will see in the photos).  A finally bought some of these and am glad I did,  For bread and pizza making, be sure to get the 6 quart size.

Norpro Pizza Peel and Paddle:  This is not the most expensive peel out there but it will do the job. This is the one that I own:  Sassafras / Bamboo Pizza Peel.  I think a peel is a good thing to have – especially for rolling out pizza dough and transferring your artisan loafs to an from the oven.  It also doubles as a serving platter.  Kind of like being in Italy, no?

Unbleached Parchment Paper:  I use parchment paper when baking cookies and other baked items.  When first learning the pizza/baking peel dance, I found the parchment pager a big help (and it mitigated the mess of having the dough slide off the peel into a crumbled mess onto the stone.  Not a pretty picture.)

Old Stone Oven Baking Stone:  Nice to have, but perhaps not essential.  You be the judge.  You could use a cast iron skillet instead.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet:  Check the out the “value pack” for best pricing with free shipping.  You can use this instead of a stone.

Ove’ Glove Hot Surface Handler, Pack of 2Off Grid Cooking with the Amazing HERC Tea Light Oven + Giveaway   Backdoor Survival: These oven gloves withstand extreme heat up to 540 degrees F. If you could see the scars that I have from my pre-Ove Glove days, you would know why I endorse them. They can be used by both left and right handers and are washable in the washing machine. A Survival Woman must have if you do any cooking at all.

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day: Another book by Jeff and Zoe.  Note however that a variety of pizza and flatbread recipes are included in Artisan Bread In Five. See The Secret Art of Making Pizza At Home.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free IngredientsBaking Bread and Why You Should Do It   Backdoor Survival: Ditto. Another wonderful book on bread baking.

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Baking Bread with The New Artisan Bread in Five — 134 Comments

  1. What three things?

    No electricity (although in many ways that may be a good thing)
    No running water
    No easy transportation

    Also no easy communication to distant family/loved ones.
    And a few hundred other things.

    • Woops – missed the KITCHEN part! 🙁
      Refridgerator
      Water (still on the list)
      Electric lights – it’s nice to be able to go to the kitchen at 10 or11 o’clock at night and fix a cup of hot chocolate!

      Gaye – either don’t count this one or the other!

  2. What will I miss the most? Ice cubes, running/hot water, and the ability to just push a button/turn a knob to use the stove.

  3. i will miss my computer, refrigerator,and transportation although some of these will be a good a good miss cant wit to try this bread looks yummy

  4. Embarrassed to admit, one would be the microwave, so yes I need to learn how to make homemade bread. Running water, that is a huge convenience, especially when you don’t have a natural water source, like a stream, but a well ran on a water pump. And a way to keep foods cold, the refrigerator. Just like make bread, I also need to learn to preserve and can.

  5. Three things I would miss the most…
    Potable running water
    Gas stove for cooking and heating
    Refrigerator/freezer

    And, if I may add…indoor plumbing!
    along with a bit of dark chocolate and a cup of hot coffee.

  6. first on any list … a good supply of safe to drink water.
    second, a safe way to keep warm in winter.
    third … non-electric method of refridgeration.

    repeat with additional three things as long as needed.

  7. I will miss ice cubes, I cannot live without ice in whatever I drink, so freezing and refrigeration. My dehydrator will be sadly missed, as well as my stove, well my front right electric burner (pretty much the only one I use)

    • Hey LeAnn, did you know the HERC tea light oven works great as a dehydrator. Two of our test kitchens have had great success making fruit leather and all kinds of sliced fruit. The surprise was when Sally, who buys 10’s of pounds of raw nuts, drys the nuts keeping them raw in the process. So I ask her how did it work (knowing nothing about drying nuts or the like) and she said it works better then her Excalibur. So she talked me into makeing a custom set of racks for just that. She said she had to try it and see if it would work because she would be lost in a SHTF without her Excalibur.

  8. The list would be much longer than just three items, but the convenience of running water, instant heat for cooking, and a “no-brain required” coffeemaker for early java start-ups would definitely be top of the list.

  9. I will miss my stove, refrigerator, and running water. I am prepared for some things but not for all for any length of time. Love your articles.

  10. I will miss my pressure canner followed closely by my mix master and then it is a toss-up between my refrigerator and my freezer. I make a great pot of coffee over a campfire and I have a viable water source so I’m good there. I am also trying to learn to bake bread over a campfire in my cast iron Dutch oven, so any recipes I can adopt to that are welcome!

  11. My stove, my Vitamix blender and my coffee maker. But at least I’ll have some skills from reading your articles! Thank you!

  12. The three things I would miss in my kitchen when SHTF … easy! I’d seriously miss my coffee maker!!! Then running water and the refrigerator.

  13. The 3 kitchen items I will miss most are my electric tea kettle, running water, and my refrigerator. Of course, being so used to modern conveniences, I’m guessing there isn’t much that I WON’T miss.

  14. Since we have solar and back up for the solar I will not miss running water
    or electricity to run the pump,12V refrigerator and small electrical items. I will miss my rice cooker, my Keurig coffee maker and my Breville oven. They make my life so much easier.

  15. I would so miss the convenience of my electric grain mill (only have a tiny manual one as a back up currently), my electric crock pot, and mixer. I feed a lot of people every day and the sheer volume of things to prepare makes these appliances valuable to me.
    Your article was fabulous!

  16. First on my list of things I would miss would be the almost instant access to information that we have today. The ability to look up just about anything, anywhere, and anytime is something I really take for granted.

    I suppose one of the next things I will really miss is Amazon, or at least what Amazon represents – the ability to buy just about anything, and have it on my doorstep in just a couple of days.

    Next on my list is probably going to be rapid transportation. Having just flown back from vacation half-way across the country, and with a camping trip planned next weekend, I do think I will miss that ability.

    Of course, that just scratches the surface. The list goes on and on.

  17. First on my list of things I would miss would be the almost instant access to information that we have today. The ability to look up just about anything, anywhere, and anytime is something I really take for granted.

    I suppose one of the next things I will really miss is Amazon, or at least what Amazon represents – the ability to buy just about anything, and have it on my doorstep in just a couple of days.

    Next on my list is probably going to be rapid transportation. Having just flown back from vacation half-way across the country, and with a camping trip planned next weekend, I do think I will miss that ability.

    Of course, that just scratches the surface. The list goes on and on.

  18. The three things in my kitchen I would miss most is my refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker and microwave.

  19. 1. Running water/indoor plumbing
    2. Fridge/freezer
    3. Internet for continued research on how to better survive in a SHTF world.
    Of course, there would certainly be many more things. Thank you for your great article!

  20. The top of my list would be ice – for cold drinks, keeping food cold and bringing down the swelling when you hurt yourself. The second item would be electricity – for all of our modern conveniences including my stove, can opener, fridge and coffee pot. The third thing I would miss would be running water – a person doesn’t realize how many things that effects until you can’t do them anymore.

  21. the three things I would miss most would be:
    1) Hot showers, if I can’t get enough heat out of my solar shower;
    2) Ice, for cold drinks in the summer!;
    3) Clean sheets, since I probably won’t have enough water to wash them as often as I would like!

  22. OOOOPs, missed the kitchen part, so I revise as follows:
    1)Running water, hot or cold;
    2)Refrigerator/Freezer;
    3)Microwave – will miss my microwave popcorn, have to go back to the old fashioned way over the fire!

  23. I would miss being able to communicate with long distance family, my fridge/freezer and since I live in the desert, I would most definitely miss air conditioning in the summer!

  24. What three items will I miss the most in a post-SHTF kitchen?
    Baked goods and comfort food. Running water and electricity. I’ll make do, but I would miss the convenience and comfort of these.

  25. I will miss my stove and refrigerator. I am so spoiled by them now it will be hard to revert back in time and cooking over wood fire and digging pits to keep any food from spoiling. But the most important item will be running water. Not having a back up well on my property. I will have to rely on rain barrels and a river a half mile away.

  26. 1) I go along with the majority – running water
    2) I could manage without a frig but would miss the freezer
    3) When I visit my daughter in Japan I really miss having an oven and haven’t covered that in my preps yet.

  27. Three things I’d miss most is my wife and two daughters who do all the cooking. They told me that when the SHTF they’re going to Arkansas, I AIN’T.

  28. Three things I would miss most is my wife and my lodge cast iron skillet and Dutch oven. She said that when the SHTF she’s going to Arkansas and taking her pans. I AIN’T goin’.

  29. I am so thankful when I turn that faucet handle and water comes out. I would miss that the most. I will miss the news, especially in a shtf situation. Thirdly, my security. I don’t want to have to keep a vigilant eye out for roving bands of zombies.

  30. 1st- and formost knowing how my family is doing. tied for 2nd -Access to knowledge, Refrigeration and indoor plumbing.

  31. I’ll miss the refrigerator, especially the freezer, love ice in my drinks come summertime.

    Miss running hot water from the faucet.

    I’ll miss the lazy factor of a microwave.

  32. Yes, I will miss indoor plumbing, my microwave oven, my computer and…oops better stop…if I win the book then I won’t miss my bread machine, just saying 😉

  33. Wow, this is a hard question, only 3 things. I would definitely miss my refrigerator and blender, microwave and running water tie for third. You definitely don’t realize how much you would miss these conveniences until you really think about it.

  34. coffee maker- coffee maker- coffee maker! all the rest I can do with out actually and do! I have a hand crank mixer that i like better then the electric one- hubby will miss the blender since that’s how i make my milkshakes really smooth like he likes it.

  35. #1: Refrigerator/freezer – hands down.
    #2: Microwave – when my old microwave went on to that big appliance store in the sky, I almost became violent!
    #3: Food Saver – how will I seal all those bags & canning jars??

  36. Everyone has such great answers, I can’t imagine how long I will be mourning everything in my kitchen after SHTF.
    I have to go with the running hot and cold water, frig/freezer and microwave.
    I see I need to quickly calculate how many solar panels I am going to need to stay 21 century spoiled. Good luck to all both for the contest and after the SHTF. Glad I learned to cook on an old woodburning stove, campfires and with cast iron. For you city girls, cast iron cooking has a learning curve, so best to get out of the closet and start sooner rather than later.

  37. I think I will miss my Kitchen Aid mixer, running water and lights. Having only candles and light from my two kitchen windows, I’ll probably chop off fingers trying to cut veggies in the dark!

  38. The first thing that came to mind was the coffee maker. Then I realized how easy that is to make in a percolator over a fire. Many of the impulse responses, can be made without electricity (thankfully!). I will miss the refriderator and freezer however. Having the ability to keep perishables cool and even simple ice cubes are taken for granted. The third thing would be, (and this one is huge!) clean running water!

  39. 1. Hot and cold running water
    2. Electricity-fridge/freezer/most conveniences
    3. Gas range
    Great reminder how spoiled we have become.
    I know folks live all over the world without these but
    I hope never to join them while I work to prepare,
    JUST IN CASE!

  40. The first thing I would miss would be my friends that live too far away to visit (think e-mail and Facebook). Then I would miss my lazy life style and all the conveniences associated. Third, I would miss feeling really clean regularly. Other than those things, life would be good. We have a good water supply, a deep pantry, and can grow our own food and have a little solar power.

  41. 1) Refrigerator. (Have already had that experience twice when the fridge died and parts had to come by way of China.)
    2) Water from a tap.
    3) Convection oven – one backup to solar cooking.

  42. We live off grid and that makes makes answering a little different.
    Electricity-And all things electricity does. If there is an Emp.
    Transportation-We live out a way.
    Propane

  43. What three items will you miss the most in a post-SHTF kitchen? My hand mixer, my oven and fresh water coming through the pipes. I know I’ll be fine, but those things would really be missed.

  44. My most missed item would be running water. The spring behind the house is a long way to carry water. Number two is refrigeration in warm weather. In winter, outside is all refrigerated. 🙂 And lastly instant heat cooking. Cold weather cooking will be done on the wood cook stove. Summertime will be the wood burner out in the workshop. (I have already fired the electric coffee pot for one on top of the wood stove!)

  45. First and foremost I would miss running water, next would be refrigeration and lastly my gas stove. Ahhh, the conveniences of the modern world.

  46. I would miss my frig, my microwave and my bread maker. I do know how to do bread by hand, but it’s so much easier with the bread maker. I know, I’m spoiled!

  47. I think I would miss my oven (electric), my crock pot (use several times a week) and my coffee maker, although a percolator is alright in a pinch.

  48. Microwave, coffee pot and refrigerator. I love the convenience of all three. I am an advocate for Dutch Oven Cooking. Nothing beats it and we would make do. The morning without my “Joe” on a wake up timer? I can hardly stsand the thought of it….

  49. Refrigerator, hot running water and electricity at the touch of a switch.
    How spoiled we all are with modern conveniences!

  50. The three things I’ll miss the most and some have already beat me to it. Are, convenience foods, pre-cut boneless chicken, ground beef, and all the other prepackaged foods that save time and work. Then the microwave, for heating / cooking all those time saving prepackaged foods. And lastly chocolate, something that can’t be grown and replaced in the Northern Hemisphere.

  51. #1 would be electricity
    #2 frig/freezer with ice maker
    #3 all my gizmos – though I am trying to purchase their non electric counterparts.

  52. I will miss electric stove (but I do have a propane stove I use when camping so it won’t be that big a problem), my oven and refrigerator.

  53. Well, I left a list earlier but I also thought about the ease of communication, i.e. cell phones, picking up my grandchildren, and driving through the local DQ for ice cream!!!

  54. I have actually been pondering that issue for a while as I decide what my next purchases need to be. I would miss my coffee pot since I have not found a percolator pot I like so far. The second thing would be my new deep freezer my husband bought me as a wonderful Christmas gift. The final thing I would miss from the kitchen would be just being able to flip a switch for lights at night. My daughter voted for the microwave, but I over ruled her!

  55. I will miss our electric oven (will need lots and lots of firewood), clean, running water, and freezer for longer term storage.

  56. 1. electricity (refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, microwave, mixer, toaster-oven, lights, fan, dehydrator, etc.)
    2. natural gas (stove, broken oven, hot water, dish washer)
    3. running water. (everything needs water)

  57. I’ll miss electricity; the lack of being able to communicate easily with loved ones and friends, and the time I did not use properly and won’t get back.

  58. I think some of the things we will be missing in our kitchens will be diversity
    of the items we can obtain to eat. Unless we have grown, stored or bartered
    for the items we not have them anymore or in short expensive supply.

    In my household we like and use products from all over the world. Starting with our cups of coffee and tea in the morning. My family will miss this being able to shop the world very much.

  59. This one took me a bit however this is my list and a couple of things surprised me.
    1. First thing to pop into my mind (surprise) My Exhaust Fan !! Really I just can’t stand thinking of cooking with all that steam and the areosolized fats in the smoke from searing meat.

    2. My Toaster, yup it is just an ordinary pop-up toaster but mercy I will miss being able to just drop in a couple of slices of bread and forget about them until they “Pop up” all toasty and golden.

    3. My Egg Cooker, Okay it poaches with steam and I have one for the stove but it also makes the Perfect Hard, soft, or medium eggs in the shell. I’ve had it for ever and it would be like loosing a good friend.

  60. Took me a bit to think about this one, and a couple of the items were a surprise even to me.

    1. My Exhaust Fan, cooking in all that steam and breathing all that aerosolized fat from searing meats.

    2. My Egg Cooker, Okay, it poaches with steam and I have one that goes on the stove… but it also makes perfect Hard, medium and Soft eggs in the shell.

    3. My toaster it is just a regular Pop-up toaster but being able to drop a couple of slices of bread into it and forgetting about them until the “Pop up” all golden and perfectly toasty, well, I’ll miss it and I’ve had it forever so it will be like loosing an old friend.

  61. The three things I would miss would be:
    Microwave
    Stove
    Refrigerator
    I have already had experience with being without these because of 1 1/2 week winter power outage and recurring tornado/storm outages in Spring and Summer.

  62. I would miss many things,but top 3 from the kitchen would be running water (on a well), refrigeration, and my stove (I have electric, not gas). Would love to win this book – it’s on my Amazon wishlist!

  63. 3 things I would miss:

    Vodka, because I keep it in the FREEZER,

    HAIRDRYER, because I like to look good while I drink my vodka, and

    ABSOLUTly nothing else because I read backdoorsurvial and I’m prepared !

  64. The freezer, instant hot water, push a button coffee maker. But the freezer is the one I would miss the most, the others can be done other ways.

  65. Wow. First thing that came to mind was my dishwasher followed by washing machine. I have a feeling, however, that these three will be missed even more: motorized transportation, chest freezer and air conditioning. I don’t think I would miss television much – 10 years ago is another story. On demand hot water and ice makers are two more things.

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