January 6, 2014 by BettyCupcakes
I’m sure the title of this post “Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” sounds like it’s too good to be true.
Have I ever lied to you?
I was able to bake this delicious, nutritious, and simple yeast-raised whole wheat bread with only minimal hands-on investment and some time in the oven.
I wrote back in December that I was giving out cookbooks for Christmas. Luckily, I got a new one for myself, as well. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François showed up on my door step and I’ve already tried three recipes out of it- the master loaf, white bread with wheat bran, and whole wheat sandwich bread. Together, this doctor and baker created a unique and simple way of making yeast-raised bread accessible and downright simple for the home baker.
[If this sounds like an advertisement, I can assure you it’s not. I received no compensation for this post, other than the massive amounts of bread that I have consumed over the last two weeks that I baked in my own kitchen.]
The steps to artisan bread in 5 minutes a day are:
- Mix yeast, warm water, and salt (and maybe some other ingredients) in a huge bowl.
- Dump in some flour.
- Mix until all flour is incorporated into the water/yeast- dough will be SO SUPER STICKY.
- Let rise on your counter at room temperature for 2 hours.
- Refrigerate covered dough for up to 2 weeks and bake off loaves of homemade bread as desired.
While I’m still working on my technique for creating truly artisanal loaves of bread at home (tip: you gotta make some steam in your oven and I just haven’t been committed enough to do that yet), all of the bread I’ve made has received rave reviews from husbands, friends, and toddlers alike.
There are recipes and tips for all kinds of bread at Artisan Bread in 5. You’ll have to buy a copy of their gorgeous book or borrow one from your local library to get this recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread (and others- including gluten-free bread recipes!) , but I can assure you that you will not regret it one bit. If you like to make food from scratch, it doesn’t get any simpler than this: dump, stir, refrigerate, and bake. Happy New Year (and happy bread baking)!
Have you ever made bread from scratch at home? What did you think about the process?