Holiday and Celebration Breads in Five Minutes a Day is now available for Preorder!

It’s August, but I need to talk to you about the holidays. In just a few weeks the kids will be going back to school, then they’ll dress up for Halloween, you’ll be carving turkey soon after and finally the Christmas music starts (you know it actually starts earlier). It’s just a minute away and we’ve got some really BIG news about all the breads you can bake for all of those occasions and many, many more. This November, Jeff and I have a new book coming out and it is now available for Preorder!!!

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Breadin5

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Sweet and Decadent Baking for Every Occasion (HCBin5) is the book I have been waiting to create since the day Jeff and I started this adventure, over a decade ago. It is full of all the sweet and pretty breads a pastry chef gets jazzed about. There are breads from all over the world, for just about every occasion. From Tahini Swirled Challah, to Christmas breads from all over Europe (and beyond), pitas for Ramadan and other celebrations, even monkey bread for after school and of course, there are several sticky buns and cinnamon rolls. 

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Breadin5

This book makes me so happy and we hope you’ll enjoy baking from it as much as we enjoyed creating it. HCBin5 is now available for preorder and will hit the shelves in bookstores on November 6th. Not only do we love all the new recipes, but it is our first book with color pictures for every single bread and gorgeous how-to photo collages, so even the slightly more intricate breads and braids are doable for the beginning baker. It is our same easy, fast and convenient method, just sweeter and a bit of a party.

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Breadin5

The beautiful photos were taken by Sarah (and some by me, Zoë), who you know from these web pages and her gorgeous blog The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog. Jeff and I are so lucky to work with Sarah and this book wouldn’t have been as fun to create or as beautiful without her. Below are a few of the photos from the book.

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Breadin5

Jelly Filled Doughnuts, which is just one in the chapter of many fried treats.

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Breadin5

Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls, which are perfect for EVERY occasion, but especially Tuesdays!

Chocolate Coconut Swirl Bread, because we believe swirling flavor into one of our many doughs in the book can make your life a little nicer.

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day | Breadin5

6-Strand Challah is so gorgeous, festive and way easier than it will appear to your guests.

There is a whole chapter on “Basic” breads, that can be baked as loaves for sandwiches or the basic doughs can be turned into super celebratory breads for any holiday. So many choices!

Sometimes a big cinnamon roll is what is called for, sometimes you want them to be mini, we have both and some in-between.

Kulich (cool-ich) is an Easter bread that is scented and colored with saffron threads and topped with a sweet layer of icing.

Speaking of cool, this bread reminds me of my favorite pair of corduroy pants I had in middle school. It’s a great way to use up the last bits and pieces of dough you have.

This is what I am personally most excited about, we’ve managed to create a laminated (layers of butter and dough) dough to make croissants, Danish and even these flaky caramelized Kouign Amann.

We also included some whole wheat breads in the book, so if that is your preference you can bake almost anything in the book with whole grains. Including this perfectly shaped 100% whole wheat pullman loaf.

Giant Pretzels with mustard are a celebration and perfect for a post game snack.

It’s never too early to get started on your holiday shopping, so feel free to order a copy of HCBin5 for yourself and all those loved ones on your holiday list! 😉 Seriously, we can’t wait for you to bake from our new book in November, but until then have a great summer!



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11 thoughts on “Holiday and Celebration Breads in Five Minutes a Day is now available for Preorder!

  1. Will there be gluten free options in the book or is the gluten free version a future venture? I love your artisan gluten bread in 5 book! I sm sure the new one will be great.

    1. Hi Eroulla,

      Thank you for asking, so glad you enjoy the GF book. This new book doesn’t have gluten-free recipes, but a gluten-free version may follow and you could use some of the recipes in GFABin5 to recreate some of the breads.

      Cheers, Zoë

      1. This was going to be my question, too! I so appreciate & understand that you’re trying to accommodate by putting some GF recipes in each new book, but since we *only* bake GF here (given how little gluten flour it takes to provoke a setback & how easily flour wafts into all sorts of spaces it’s too risky to have conventional baking in the same space where GF meals are prepared!!) I’d really love a Volume 2 of the dedicated GF book, with all the new GF recipes/methods/corrections, etc from each of the other updated books gathered together with GF celebrations methods & recipes. Please, please, please! 🙂

      2. Hi Eileen,

        Thank you so much for the note. I am going to share your request and enthusiasm with our publisher!

        Cheers, Zoë

  2. This looks amazing. It sounds like most of these recipes are a bit more “decadent” than healthy. But there are healthy options as well? I really enjoyed the New Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, using a lot of whole grain flour. I’d like to try healthy options for the holiday season…

    1. Hi Julie,

      The book has a chapter called basics, that are the base for most of the breads in the book. In that chapter there are whole grain recipes that can be used to create many of the holiday breads. That way you can make a challah or festive star bread with whole grains.

      Cheers, Zoë

  3. Oh my gosh!!! I told myself that I wouldn’t buy another cookbook. I will have to go back on my promise. That skillet cinnamon roll looks amazing! Zoe, I know your heart is really in every page of this book!!!

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