The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is available today, and we started our book tour today, in Minneapolis on KARE-11 TV (NBC). Our first TV segment ever was in the same studio, six years ago. Thanks, KARE-11, and thanks Minneapolis-St. Paul–everything we’ve done with these books started right here. More TV this week here at home, with a class at Cooks of Crocus Hill Wednesday evening. Check our events page for more.
Pumpkin pie and brioche are two of my all time favorites, so why not combine the two. The result is a bread rich with butter, eggs and spiced pumpkin puree. Spreading the pumpkin onto the brioche dough and rolling it into a log creates the swirl pattern when you cut it. The bread is gorgeous and tasty, perfect for Thanksgiving or just a fall morning with a cup of coffee.
Next week is the official release of our book The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Woot! To celebrate we are doing a giveaway, before the book even hits the stands. It is a small token of our appreciation for all your help in creating this new edition. We’ve incorporated what we’ve learned from your comments, your questions and your suggestions. Please leave us a comment below about your favorite experience baking bread or what you are most eager to try. We will give away 5 copies of the new book to randomly picked winners next week.* Thank you! Our usual contest rules apply (click here for rules); you need to respond within 24 hours of notification or we have to pick someone else. CONTEST CLOSED, WINNERS CHOSEN AND NOTIFIED 10/22/13.
To make the Pumpkin Swirl Bread:
These errors snuck through in the first printings of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day–the important problems were with the gluten-free recipes:
Page 83, Crock Pot Bread, Step 1: Add the words “Place it on a sheet of parchment paper.”
Page 176, footnote under Ingredients: Remove “can substitute white whole wheat.” That won’t work well in this recipe.
Page 224, Step 4 in Spinach and Cheese Calzone: Should call for an orange-size piece, not grapefruit-size.
Page 268, Ingredients list for Gluten-Free Master Recipe: The metric weight of brown rice flour should read 155 grams, not 160.
Pages 268 and 275, Ingredients lists for Gluten-Free Master Recipe and Gluten-Free Challah doughs: Early editions of the book omitted sorghum flour, which is essential here. If your copy of the book doesn’t call for sorghum flour in those recipes, add 1 1/4 cups (5 1/2 ounces / 155 grams) of Sorghum flour to the Ingredients lists. If your copy of calls for sorghum, don’t make any changes.
Page 272 (Gluten-Free Whole-Grain Seeded Bread): The metric weight of brown rice flour should read 310 grams, not 280.
Page 286 (Gluten-Free Sweet Brioche): note new quantities for rice flour and tapioca, and the addition of cornstarch. The Ingredients list should be changed as follows:
White rice flour: 1 1/2 cups (8 1/2 ounces / 240 grams)
Tapioca flour: 1 cup (5 ounces / 140 grams)
Cornstarch (new ingredient): 4 cups (22 ounces / 625 grams); add it in Step 1, page 287
Use only melted butter in this recipe, not oil (omit oil from ingredients list)
Page 325, Step 9 (Soft American-Style White Bread): Increase baking time to 60 minutes.
Cinnamon Buns are the perfect treat for back-to-school (or for that brunch your hosting this weekend, or just a midnight snack). This time of year is always bittersweet for us parents. Our little cherubs are headed back to school; we miss them, but also rejoice the quiet, in equal measures. Baking something sweet and tasty seems like a great way to celebrate. The best thing about this recipe is that it is easy enough for the kids to bake themselves (a bit of help with the oven for the little ones.) My 12-year-old son started a “bakery” this summer (read about his entrepreneurial endeavor here) and he made these cinnamon buns. I handed him the galley copy of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking; he mixed the brioche dough (using a Scale and a Danish Dough Whisk), rolled it out, made the filling, baked them, whipped up some frosting, and then ate one (quality control) before his customers arrived at 7:30 a.m. I did nothing but photograph his adventure in the kitchen and watched the oven.
As you may know, Jeff and I have been using Red Star yeast since the very beginning of this bread baking venture. We love the results we get, we can get it in bulk and it is less expensive than the other brands, what’s not to love? They have recently come out with a new product, so of course we were eager to give it a try. Truth be told, I’ve been using it for about a year, since they gave me a sample when they first developed it. It has all the great aspects of their regular instant yeast, but they’ve added dough enhancers. These “enhancers” are what professional bakeries use in their recipes to improve the rise and to strengthen the dough. Anything that makes a dough rise better and bake up taller seems like a good idea. The enhancers are all natural, but not gluten-free, so Platinum yeast should not be used in our gluten-free doughs. The other Red Star products are all gluten-free. (more…)
We are very, very excited about this NEW version of our first book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. So, what’s new? It’s nearly 150 pages longer, with lots of new recipes, techniques, and WAY more photos (40 gorgeous color and 100 black-and-white instructional shots). There are over 30 brand-new recipes and fun variations, including Crock Pot Bread, Pull-apart Rolls, Pretzel Buns, Stuffed French Toast, gluten-free breads, and lots more.
All our old favorites are still there, and thanks to your suggestions, we’ve added weight measures to all the dough recipes in the book, both U.S. (pounds/ounces) and metric (grams). We’ve expanded our Tips and Techniques section, and included instructions for adjusting salt and yeast to your taste.
As always, you’re pre-mixing dough that can be stored in your refrigerator for up to two weeks, so active time is still only five minutes a day. There’ll be much more to talk about in October when the book hits the stores, but we just had to give you a sneak peek at the beautiful new cover.
Two years in the making, this sixth-anniversary edition of our first book–The New Artisan Bread In Five Minutes a Day–is available for Pre-Order from online sellers. If you pre-order, it’ll ship on October 22, 2013, which is the official publication date. Thanks for all the feedback you’ve given us here–it’s shaped the new book. Cheers!