If you could make your own healthy bread in five minutes a day would you do it? Could you find the time for such an enterprise?
"Healthy Bread in Five Minutes A Day", by Jeff Hertzberg, MD and Zoe Francois, is your guide to doing what would seem like the impossible.
This photo is of bread that my husband, Matt, baked himself. Doesn't it look amazing (and it tastes great, too)? It was made entirely with whole wheat flour.
Recently, I met Jeff Hertzberg, MD at a FoodBuzz conference. He handed me a copy of his book (I love free books) and I was inspired to try his method.
How do you do it? You make a starter mix for many loaves of bread in a big container, let it rise, and just leave it until you want to bake. Then you pull out a pound of dough, let it rise, and bake it.
We have found that for the second rise we can leave it all day and it turns out great. So, just form a loaf when you get up, leave it until you get home from work, and bake it when you are making dinner.
Why would you want to make your own bread? The most obvious answer is it tastes SO much better than anything you can buy, unless you live in a great bread town (like San Francisco).
And, you can make it healthier than any packaged bread from the supermarket. The big nutrition problem with bread is that the processing of the flour removes the nutrients.
Wheat is a grain from a grass that is full of nutrients. But, after milling it and bleaching it, the nutrients get taken out of the grain. That is why white bread is really a form of junk food. The millers add back vitamins, but white bread is a REALLY processed food.
Whole wheat bread is made with flour that contains more of the nutrients that get removed after milling. There is protein, iron, fiber and fat in wheat, which makes it nutritious. So, eating whole wheat bread is a healthy snack.
The supermarket is filled with whole wheat breads, but it sometimes difficult to tell which are the healthiest. Bread manufacturers add things like high fructose corn syrup and lots of salt to make the bread taste good.
When you make your own bread, you can add seeds and nuts to amp up the healthiness. Basically, you are adding more protein, more fat, and more fiber and more deliciousness. "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day", has a bunch of great recipes for healthy bread.
Here is the link to the book on Amazon. There is an instructional video posted here that is a great introduction to the whole concept.
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients
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