FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Our best inspirations come from reader questions, and we’ve enjoyed answering them since starting this blog to support our books in 2007.  Click on any of the questions below– these are the ones that seem to be on a lot of bakers’ minds.  If you’re having a problem with one of our recipes, breeze through these FAQs first.

If you can’t find an answer in the FAQs, click on any “Comments” field adjoining a “post” here on the website (doesn’t have to be related to the content underneath).  Please tell us which book you’re working from, and which recipe and page number.

  1. I posted a comment to this site but it hasn’t appeared. What happened?
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  3. Convection oven: Any adjustment needed?
  4. Dense or gummy crumb: What am I doing wrong?
  5. Flour varieties: Do I need to adjust the liquids when I use different kinds of white flour?
  6. Freezing the dough: Can I do it?
  7. Fresh-ground grains: can I use them with this method?
  8. Gluten-Free Frequently Asked Questions (GF FAQs)
  9. Gray color on my dough: Is there something wrong?
  10. High-altitude baking: How do I adjust the recipes for high-altitude?
  11. Incorporating dried fruit, nuts, or herbs into stored dough: How do I do it?
  12. Larger loaves: What adjustments are needed?
  13. Left the dough on the counter overnight! Can I still use it?
  14. Measuring flour by volume: How we measured when we tested the recipes (scoop-and-sweep)
  15. Missing instructions and missing recipes: Some of the web-based recipes don’t have everything I need to make the bread, and others are missing from the website altogether
  16. Nutrition content: How can I calculate it?
  17. Photographs: Can I post pictures to this website?
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  19. Refrigerator rise trick: The formed loaves or rolls rise overnight and are ready for the oven the next day
  20. Rising: My shaped loaves don’t seem to rise much before it’s time for the oven.  What am I doing wrong?
  21. Salt: Can I decrease the amount of salt in the recipes?  How do I adjust for different kinds of salt?
  22. Sourdough starter: Can I use it with this method?
  23. Steam alternatives: How do I create a steam environment for a great crust when my oven doesn’t trap steam well?
  24. Stone broke! What did I do wrong?
  25. Storing bread: What’s the best way to do it?
  26. Traditional recipes: How can they be converted to the ABin5 method?
  27. Underbaked! My loaf didn’t bake through to the center.  What am I doing wrong?
  28. Web use: Can I use your recipes on my own website, in my class, or in a publication?
  29. Weighing ingredients instead of using cup measures: How do you do it?
  30. Whole grain flours and vital wheat gluten: How do you use them?
  31. Whole grain flours and doughs without vital wheat gluten: How do those work?
  32. Yeast: Can it be decreased in the recipes?

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  1. Your recipes are great!
    In your book: Artisan Pizza and Flatbread you use on page 94 under variation Knekkebrod 100% whole grain rye dough.
    Where do I find the recipe for the 100% whole grain rye dough?

    Many thanks for your answer. Nattalia

    1. There was a typo there, so sorry– see our “Corrections” tab above and go through the book, there are 4 others. The last paragraph, on page 95 should end with “… use 8 cups whole grain rye flour.” Not “dough.”

      Makes sense now?

      1. Hi I have a question about a recipe from the original “artisan” book. I want to make Pumpernickel bread but don’t have any caramel coloring.

        Can I substitute something or omit the ingredient?

      2. Hi Jeff,
        Just wondering when you dust flour over the dough before baking. The excess flour that has fallen into the container can you just leave it sitting on top of the dough or do you have to mix this into the dough.

      3. Hi Sue,

        It shouldn’t be so much flour that it needs to be mixed in. Just a light dusting can be left on top. If it is more than that, you may want to turn the dough a few times so the flour won’t form a crust on the dough.

        Thanks, Zoë

    2. Question: I score the loaf on top, but when it bakes, it baked flat. Do I score right after shaping loaf? 20 minutes later? Right before baking? I’m doing something wrong?

  2. “Artisan Bread in Five…”
    Buttermilk Bread, pg 207
    I’d like to make this bread without being in loaf pan, just a round loaf, will that work?

    Thanks so much!

    Greenville, SC

  3. I don’t have room in my fridge for a 6-qt container. Can the basic recipe be halved? I’d love to try this method but the space issue is a problem. Thanks!

  4. Hi I generally use WholeWheat Pastry flour for my day to day baking. Can this be used for the Wholewheat flour in basic receipe? Thank you.

    1. It has less protein, so all of our hydrations will be thrown off, so you’ll have to adjust the water– but frankly, I think it has too little protein to make good bread. Which “basic recipe” do you mean (from which book, page number)?

      1. I’ve used whole wheat pastry flour when out of regular whole wheat, but I threw in extra gluten, more than I would have used for regular whole wheat. Worked just fine and tasted like graham flour. But without the extra gluten I think it would have been a bust.Once I even made bread almost entirely from the whole wheat pastry and extra gluten. Turned out fine. I wanted rid of the pastry flour which I’d bought by mistake.

  5. Bought your new book the week before last. I am very excited about this concept and the recipes for my favorite breads.
    I used the weight method and the weight for the flour reached 910 grams way before I had
    6&1/2 cups measured out (about 4C total). The dough is very wet but I’m going to bake in a few minutes. Anything wrong?
    Still excited

    1. Hi Patrick,

      Did you tare the scale before adding the flour? This is the most common cause of what you described. If your dough was way too wet you can add more flour for the next loaf. Let me know how it turned out.

      Thanks, Zoë

      1. Thank you for your reply. I baked two loaves of what I thought were 1# ea. Disaster.
        I will add two more cups of APF and let you know. I thought I tapped the ‘tare’ button, who knows?

  6. Hi: The bottom crust is too hard. I’m doing a 50%/50% whole wheat & white flour baking in a cast iron pan and adding the hot water for steam. At 35 minutes the bread in not totally cooked – internal temp was 200 – so I’m doing 40 minutes- internal temp about 210. Any suggestions so that the crust is not so hard? Thank you! Love baking my own bread about twice a week.

  7. I’m doing a one pound free form at 450. The temperature does drop a bit when I open the oven door. And, I use parchment paper but have not figured out how to remove it after the first 20 minutes. Thanks you for the quick reply! Love the bread!

    1. Hi Ben,

      Are you preheating the pan? If the pan is not up to temperature the bread will have to bake longer and the crust can be too thick. How long are you letting the loaf rest before baking? How large is the loaf? Which recipe are you using?

      Thanks, Zoë

  8. Hi: Thanks for the reply. I do preheat the oven for about 15 minutes & use two oven thermometer since my oven is not the best, and I let the bread cool for about 30-35 minutes. I will preheat & cool long. Maybe get a new thermometer. The oven does seem to cool down when I open the door to place the loaf. Will keep you posted as I continue to make bread!

    1. Hi Ben,

      Let the pan preheat a bit longer, 15 minutes may not be quite long enough. And let the loaf rest a bit longer too.

      Let me know how it goes. Zoë

    1. Hi Zoë: Followed your instructions. Over preheated for about 25 minutes at 450. Bread cooled for 40 minutes – That was the difficult part. The waiting, waiting and waiting. Bread was great! Now I think I need to mix the flours, salt and yeast more throughly before adding the water. I see different color patches in the bread. Tried to add a photo of the bread but not sure if it is attach. You asked with recipe I was using: it’s the one on the website for whole wheat bread without the extra gluten. Thanks! IMG_1978.JPG

      1. Hi Ben,

        If you are using a thick baking stone, you may want to let it preheat a bit longer.

        Glad you enjoyed the bread! Cheers, Zoë

      2. Thanks Zoë! Wishing you, Jeff and the families the best ever holiday season and a very productive & peaceful 2016! May your bread always be a prefect loaf!

    1. Hi Kim,

      You can order them online from King Arthur Flour or you can find them in a local co-op or your grocery store’s bulk food area.

      Thank you, Zoë

  9. Hi, I’ve been using your techniques for years with great success. I have an old family recipe for sweet bread that I want to try to adapt to “no-knead” methods. It’s a lot like your Stollen recipe from HBin5, but a little different.


    4 C AP flour
    1 C warm milk
    1/4 C melted butter
    1 egg
    1/3 C sugar
    plus salt, spices, and dried fruit.

    If I adjust the amounts so that the liquid and the flour are roughly in the same proportion as in your Master Recipe (adding just under a cup of liquid, if my math is right), will I get a dough I can work with?

    I’m probably going to give it a shot, as an experiment, but curious as to what you think.

    1. Hi Nathan,

      Reserve some of the liquid you plan to use, just in case it is too loose, you can always add it if it seems dry. With the milk in the dough you will want to use this within 5 days.

      Let me know how it goes. Happy Holiday! Zoë

      1. Thanks — It rose nicely, just as expected. I ended up with a very thick, dense, and slightly sticky dough after chilling, pulling away from the sides of the container a bit. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  10. We live an oil free plant based lifestyle, do you have any recommendation for eliminating the oil in any of the recipes in your Health Bread book?


    1. Hi Jim,

      The oil in our recipes is plant based, but it sounds like that is not the issue. If you don’t eat oil at all, then you can try apple sauce, which I’ve never tested, but works in some other recipes. I’d make a small batch and make sure you like the results.

      Thanks, Zoë

  11. I have been thrilled with all the breads I have made from your recipes. I am of Italian parents and grew up on light crusty Italian breads from local bakeries in Brooklyn. I just love these breeds but the recipes I’ve seen on the net are killers compared to any in your miraculous book. Any chance you can produce this airy type light bread using you wonderful style? Thanks.

    1. Well, those loaves, which I also had in NYC growing up, are strictly white breads. So that’s the first thing–make one of our Italian variations from one of the books. Which one are you working from?

  12. I’m new to GF baking and just got GF Artisan Bread in 5 mins a day. Don’t know if I missed reading this somewhere but how do you recommend the flour mixture (Not dough) be stored? And for how long is the flour mixture good for? Thank you.

    1. Hmm, that didn’t come up when we were testing because we were going through so much flour. The mixtures will store as long as the manufacturer says an open bag of the solo-flours store. Best to check with them.

      1. Thank you, I will check the packages. It’s just that I read in another book that they needed to be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Most likely due to perishable nut and whole grain flour in their recipes. Thanks again.

      2. Just an FYI, I bought the flours needed for the 2 blends. Bob’s Red Mill. A few of them say best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Also the Oat flour is processed in a facility that processes wheat so if someone is OK with oats but not wheat, they may want to avoid this flour. As I said, I am new to this GF baking in part for my own health but also because my daughters boyfriend has Celiac’s. I caused him a lot of harm by giving him something accidentally that was Gluten Free but later discovered it was processed in a facility that processes wheat so I just wanted to bring this to other’s attention who may be new to this as well. Thanks for an awesome book I can’t wait to start baking.

  13. Hi – I am an avid follower of your books, so far with fantastic results.

    I have a question regarding Wheat Bran – If I add some Wheat Bran to your recipes (for instance, adding 10g Wheat Bran to the Light Whole Wheat Bread), do I need to change any of the other ingredients (perhaps reduce the flour content from 780 gr to 770 gr)? Will the overall taste of the bread stay the same?


    1. Slightly changes the flavor, but not much at the amount you suggest. You can slightly decrease the flour, or increase the water. Very slightly. But at this level of bran? You may get away with no changes. This is 1/3-ounce out of a recipe calling for 32 ounces of flour; really not significant.

      1. OK, Thanks.
        I just wanted to add some more fiber to my bread. Would you recommend adding more (like 20 or 30 grams Wheat Bran) to that bread, and reduce flour accordingly? I noticed that’s what you did in the Bran-Enriched White bread (and wanted to achieve something similar, but with a White-Wheat type bread).

        Thanks again.

      2. Yes, that should work. It’ll change the character of course, and you may have to adjust the water after all as you increase bran.

  14. Hi Jeff, Zoe,

    I have just started baking with your method and it has given me a lot of confidence because of the consistent results I’ve obtained. I have a question regarding the storage/mixing of the dough.

    Can I use the same container to mix/store enriched dough after non-enriched dough and viceversa without cleaning it in between?

    1. Technically speaking, and according to the US Department of Agriculture, eggs shouldn’t be handled without washing the container between uses. Vice-versa–that wouldn’t matter.

  15. The recipe for Pumpernickel Bread on pg 123 of The New Artisan Bread in 5 book: it call for instant espresso – is that the same as instant espresso coffee? Do I just blend the 2 teaspoons in or is it better to brew it and add it as a brewed liquid?

  16. Hello, I’m using your Master Recipe Boule. I’m making free form loaves. My loaves bake well for one exception, they’re not as flat and rounded as I would like. They look like they are baking up and not out. Am I shaping them incorrectly? Love your book and recipes. I use them all the time.

  17. Book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
    Master Recipe: Boule (Artisan free-form loaf) page 26
    Book: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day
    Master Recipe: Whole grain (artisan free-form loaf) page 53

    I have been using King Arthur Special “spring wheat” flour using your method. It has worked famously. Recently, I purchased King Arthur Special “Patent” flour which is “hard wheat”.

    I contacted King Arthur to ask about this flour and was told it was in the “whole wheat” family. King Arthur suggested I add several extra tablespoons of water to the dough, stating it should work similar to the “spring wheat”. Since this flour is like “whole wheat”, I asked if I should add vital wheat gluten–as noted in your book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day (Master Recipe), to which they stated no.

    What is your opinion?
    Thank you.

    1. You only need to add extra water if the dough isn’t storing well, which is the result of a too-dry dough. And if you want the extra rise and “chew” that VWG provides, by all means use it, but use the water ratio’s from the Healthy Bread book…

  18. Hey Jeff and Zoe!
    I have been using both your Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day and your New Revised Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day books and love them! I have been very happy especially with being able to make our own sandwich loaves. I was wondering if all of the free form loaves could be adapted for sandwich loaves by reducing the temp to 350 and baking for 50-60 minutes. I know that only some are listed with this variation to be baked in a loaf pan so wasn’t sure what all distinguished those from the recipes strictly shown as being free form loaves. Thank you so much for your books! I am learning a lot from them and making free form loaves, sandwich loaves, and pizza dough, too!

    1. Why not start with the methods on p.62 of HBin5, or on p.78 of NewABin5?

      It’s really just a matter of the baking time. Check oven temp with something like the thermometer in our Amazon kiosk at left and you should be fine w/o reducing the temp.

  19. I prefer to form/bake all the loaves at one time. Sometimes, my dough seems too wet (even when i weigh it out) and I add more until it’s starting to window pane just a little bit. It seems right when I put it in the container, but when I go to bake it, it’s too loose and spreads too much on the board. Can I mix in more flour to the whole batch and do I let it re-raise? I was worried about knocking too much air out if I did this.

      1. I have the same question, and I want to get a little clarification. I’ve made one loaf from the master recipe. It is clearly too wet. Can I just add flour to the existing sourdough to “save” it and improve the next loaf? Should it get a little time at room temperature after adding flour?

      2. Sure, go ahead and work in a little flour, and some time at room temp’s a good idea. Which of our recipes are you using (which book/page number)?

  20. Hi Zoe/Jeff,

    I had not made the Buttermilk bread pg. 327 (New Aritsan Bread B00k) in a while. My rising time after mixing the dough has taken almost 3 hrs. Is that ok, I tested my yeast and it seems fine.

    Your bread continues to bring joy to all those I give it to. You have become a mainstay in our kitchen.


    1. Hi Dunyia,

      Yes, that is just fine. If the dough has risen quite a bit, but just not fully, you can probably go ahead and put it in the refrigerator. The buttermilk or water may not have been as warm as normal or the kitchen is a bit cooler. Either will cause the dough to take longer to rise.

      Thanks, Zoë

      1. Thanks Zoe, you are the best, I have learned so much from you and Jeff and got your class from Craftsy and enjoyed it.

        Have a great day!

    1. Well, that’s not our thing, so we don’t own those and we haven’t tested what you propose. The problem might be dissipating the high-moisture level in our doughs in that closed system. If I had to guess though, I think it might work. Experiment?

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      We prefer using unbleached for both flavor and color of the bread. It is also less processed.

      Thanks, Zoë

  21. Jeff or Zoe,

    Just a quick question if a recipe calls for Platinum yeast can I use instant yeast. Would there be any difference?

    Thanks again for all your help.

    1. They both work beautifully…

      Platinum is a form of instant yeast, with some dough conditioners thrown in. I’ve been using it lately, but you can get a nice result with either.

  22. Help! My parchment paper sticks to the bead while baking so I end up with only the top half of the loaf that’s edible. It’s delicious but I’d like to use the entire loaf. I’ve floured it plenty, both dough and paper. I am using the rectangular clay baker from Sassafras. Should I bake the dough directly in the stone baker without parchment, oil the baker or flour the baker? Please, someone help!

  23. I have 2 questions about your Master recipe in HBI5MD, on pg 54. I saw that I can increase the salt up to 50% which would make for a total of 1 1/2 tablespoons of kosher salt for one full recipe. My family still thinks that the bread is too bland . I know that you had stated to someone else that if you increase the salt by more than half, it can muck with the yeast. If I try to up the salt content in this again, how by how much should I increase the yeast? Also, in this particular recipe, or with any recipe that does not have milk, eggs, or butter in it, is the dough still good if it has been in the fridge longer than two weeks?

    1. Hi. You may want to try up to 1 3/4 tablespoons salt and see if that is to your liking. I think that little bit more salt will make a rather large difference.

      You can store the doughs that have no dairy or other perishable ingredients longer than 2 weeks, but it will have lost some of its rising power, so you may want to stick to flatbreads.

      Thanks, Zoë

  24. Hi just ordered New Artisan in 5
    My Husband is on a struck low carb diet which limits the breads etc Is coconut or Almond flour an option as in the flat breads or Glutinous free
    Thank you in advance hoping there is a solution

    1. Hi Lisa,

      None of the recipes in that book are really geared for a low carb diet. There is a coconut/almond flour recipe in our Gluten-Free Bread Book. The best bet from the New ABin5 is to go with the 100% whole grain breads. If he is trying not to eat any carbs, there is a great book by Peter Reinhart, The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking. He uses lots of nut flours.

      Good luck! Zoë

  25. Working basic recipe from Healthy Bread in Five and having a common problem. Not much rise, crumb is dense with few decent bubbles. 2nd batch, added 1/4 more water, dough rose very tall in the container and 3 days later, dough felt different, but the loaves came out about the same as 1st batch. Not much oven spring. Yeast should be OK also. Checked with oven therm and right at 450.

    1. Can you tell me what brands of flour you’re using? Are you using vital wheat gluten? Are you making any changes in the recipe at all?

      1. I am using your recipe exactly but added 1/4 cup more water. Using King Arthur WW and Unbleached. Yes I am using the Vital Wheat Gluten. I am also using the baking cloche. The dough felt more moist this time, but just did not have the bubbles and oven spring I thought I would have.

      2. Hate to say this, because KAF products are nice, but this recipe simply comes out better with Gold Medal Whole Wheat flour (Disclaimer: in the past, both of these companies have been sponsors of ours, but neither has been for some years now, despite that fact that our white-flour recipe continues to appear on the Gold Medal All-Purpose flour bag).

        Try it one time with Gold Medal Whole Wheat and see what you think. Also should have asked how you’re measuring the flour. If weights, no problem. If volume, make sure you’re measuring the same way we are Scoop-And-Sweep, see my video: http://artisanbreadinfive.com/2010/04/28/how-we-measure-our-flour-using-the-scoop-and-sweep-method

        … and make sure that cloche is fully pre-heated, or you won’t get good oven-spring.

      3. Thank you. I will give GM a try. I am also using the Scoop and Sweep method of measuring the flour. Do you still spray the shaped dough right before you put it into the cloche?

  26. I’ve just started baking after someone recommended this book to me a few months back.

    Any ideas why I keep getting these eruptions of dough either out the top or sides of my loaves. I’ve been using the basic Boule recipe and the European Peasant Bread. Its like a crust is forming before the interior is set and it just blows out the weakest point.

    Here’s an image of a recent loaf.


      1. I’ll give that a try. I felt like I was cutting it pretty good, but I can definitely go deeper and go for a longer rest.

      2. Deeper slashes definitely helped. I almost felt bad for the poor loaf, but much more even in the final result.
        Thanks again!

  27. After making the master pizza dough recipe (page 61 in artisan pizza) into a loaf and baking it, the crust was crispy and golden brown, but now has softened upon cooling. Is this usual for this dough, or can you think of another factor which had an impact, and is there any way to remedy it? For more detail: The bread was cooled on a rack in an airy kitchen with open windows, room temp was about 73 degrees. Best regards, -Eitan

    1. Factors are:

      oven temp accuracy (check with something like http://ow.ly/8CVPU)
      baked long enough?
      Browned enough?
      Used steam in the oven (do you have our bread-baking books?)
      Baked on a stone?

      Again, more on loaf breads in our other books…

  28. Someone told me about making fresh bread every day by mixing the dough and keeping it in the fridge, but never follow up with more information. By chance I came across your book earlier this year. Got your New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day. Love it! I have physically disability and no stand mixer so your method allows me to bake delicious breads. It gives me a whole new look at making breads. Thank you!

  29. I tried your basic white bread loaf as posted on the blog “The Art of Doing Stuff”. I cooked the first two loaves after the second rising and they turned out great! I refrigerated the third loaf for three days. I wrapped it in plastic wrap while in the fridge. It still formed a bit of a crust. I folded the dough over a few times before forming it into a round loaf and slashed the top after rising again. I cooked as usual at 400f for about 30 minutes. It looked like a volleyball! What is the proper way to store the dough in the fridge and what do you think happened to my third loaf?

    1. I’m not sure–we unfortunately can’t keep track of all the unauthorized versions of our recipe that people re-print online. You can find the latest version of our recipe in The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (http://amzn.to/17Rw23Y). However, I’m not sure a volleyball-shaped loaf is so bad…our recipe is a “boule,” which means “ball” in French, so it sounds like you’re on the right track!

  30. How would you adjust the baking time when baking 2loaves in loaf pans, 2 free form loaves.? I’d like to bake for someone else along with what I’m doing for my house

  31. Hi, I have made your olive oil pizza dough (posted here). I ended up using the stone on a grill (because it is over 90 degrees and turning an oven on in the house to 500 didn’t seem like a good idea). I’ve made other doughs before (different recipes) and to me this one seemed very wet and sticky to the point where I could hardly work with it. (generously floured counter, hands etc.)How “wet” sticky is this supposed to be? I definitely couldn’t roll it out (no amount of resting helped with that).

    1. Sticky and wet, but not so wet that you can’t work with it. If you’ve made swaps, all bets are off. Dry it out a bit.

  32. Hi! I have been baking your master recipe in abi5, and I just switched to using my kitchen aide stand mixer with dough hook, never going above stir, and now my dough is a bit stiffer… Can I add a touch more water or do u have to go back to mixing by hand?

    1. I forgot to mention that I am also getting a very dense crumb and a flat loaf. Is there a way to remedy these issues and still keep the conveniences of my mixer?

    2. It’ll work fine with a little more water, sure. But don’t overdo it or it won’t hold its shape. Increase in 1/8-cup increments and see what you think.

  33. Master recepe , oatmeal wheat, Semolina. I did 2 Semolina, they are small and free form, that worked fine at just 35 min. I am wondering about 2 loaf pans primarily, any recipe.

    1. All depends on how large the pans are–if deep, especially–then they’d need more baking time at the same temp, or if they’re really deep, then you might even have to decrease the temp to get the inside fully baked without burning the crust.

      We tend to use the smaller loaf pans for that reason: 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches.

  34. Hi! I’ve been experimenting with this bread baking technique for a few weeks now and LOVE it. I’ve been using an oven themometer, a pizza stone and trying out the minimal yeast method (a good combination of your recipe and Jim Laheys but without requiring a dutch oven).

    I found my initial problem was the dough not rising enough so there werent enough bubbles, but not converting to an 18 hour proofing time with minimal yeast – the bubbles are huge and the bread is light and fluffy – but only at the top half! the bottom of the crumb is still quite dense and slightly undercooked. I can’t really leave it longer as the crust would burn, so I’m just wondering how I can get a more consistent loaf? am I maybe doing them too large (i halve the base dough recipe and use all of that rather htan just a grapefruit size)? or is it an issue of the pizza stone? even with a LONG preheat the base of the loaf seems soft and doughy even if the top is crispy.

    thanks for any advice on how to get a crispier loaf from top to bottom 🙂 🙂

  35. Used master recipe: boule p. 53, used 1/2 recipe followed to a “t”, after the post baking 2 hour rest cut into it, found very small air pockets no bigger than 1/4 – 1/8″.? Is this normal size or did I screw up was hoping for big air pockets . Thank you

  36. I am wanting to make the bagel recipe in “New Artisan Bread in 5….” I have only been able to purchase non-diastatic malt in a syrupy liquid form. Do I need to decrease the amount of water in the recipe? By how much? What is the equal amount of the syrup used to malt powder please?

    1. Hi Linda,

      The malt powder is just for flavor, so I would stick to 2 tablespoons and decrease the water by the same. The dough is meant to be a bit drier than the master recipe, so it will hold its shape when you boil them.

      Thanks, Zoë

      1. Thanks for your reply Zoe!

        I made some bagels today, having prepared the dough on 22nd August. They were just lovely! Quaffed still slightly warm with smoked trout, light cream cheese and lettuce, had run out of capers. What a delight! Thanks again!

  37. Dear Jeff/Zoe,

    I just want to let you know the joy your recipes bring. I am a cancer patient and thankfully doing well. Whenever I visit my doctors I always bring them homemade bread and often it is from a recipe from Artisan bread. They really appreciate it. The last boule I brought was still warm. The Dr.and his nurse made us feel to good by their response. Sometimes we forget what simple act as a loaf of homemade bread can do to express our thanks.
    Thanks for the joy your recipes bring.

  38. My daughter and I are celiac, my son has ana. allergies to tree nuts and sesame. Do you know of any sources for flours that would be safe for all of us? Thanks!

  39. Hi! I tried making your basic recipe from the healthy bread in five minutes…. I have not yet baked my dough, but the dough seems very dense and not “light and sticky” as it looks in your videos. I stored it over night in a bowl with plastic wrap loosely covering it. Could I have over mixed it? Possibly “kneeding” without meaning to causing it to become dense? Thank me in advance!

  40. I made the master recipe from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes à Day. I used King Arthur White Whole Wheat and all-purpose organic flour but since we live in Canada, it probably is higher in gluten. I weighed my ingredients and used vital wheat gluten. I’ve now made two loaves, but haven’t been satisfied with either. The first was pretty flat and too dense (though the dough rose very well in the first two hours). I had refrigerated it for 24 hours and left it out for about 90 minutes before baking. The second loaf the following day I left out longer and had some bigger air bubbles, but was still pretty flat. Scoring before baking leaves hardly a mark once it’s baked so I’m thinking the dough is too wet. I haven’t had trouble though in forming the loaf if I have a bit of flour on my hands. I’m forming round boules and cooking it on a well-preheated pizza stone on parchment with steam below. What would you suggest? I’d love to have real rise. Also, I would love to bake a Poilane type bread and was wondering if you have any suggestions about which recipe will get me closest?

    1. Hi Karen,

      Did you add more water to compensate for the higher protein? If so, it may have been too much. It may also be an issue of shaping. Sometimes if you aren’t getting a tight enough ball, it will lose it’s shape during the rise. Here is a video that may help: http://artisanbreadinfive.com/2010/03/08/new-video-shaping-the-ball-from-a-very-wet-dough

      For a Poilane style bread you’ll want to use a sourdough starter to leaven the bread. If you don’t have a starter at hand, you will be able to find one in our new book, but you’ll have to wait until November! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250077559/ref=pd_sim_14_7?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1250077559&pd_rd_r=NGK0S8Y3D13JT5A05TKK&pd_rd_w=rwrig&pd_rd_wg=M12Rg&psc=1&refRID=NGK0S8Y3D13JT5A05TKK

      Thanks, Zoë

  41. What is the correct measurement of sorghum flour for the GF recipe?? I saw somewhere that it was updated from my version of the book.

  42. I have been baking the basic whole grain bread for 5 years in California. I always add nuts and seeds to the basic recipe, however, the second rise does not seem to poof but flatten out. I still enjoy the bread with denser texture, however, I would like to improve the it to look better and taste better. Do you think the oil from nuts and seeds are the culprits for the dough does not rise the second time before baking?

    1. Hi Liz,

      How much nuts and seeds are you using? Have you tried the Betsy’s seeded loaf from that book? If you add quite a bit of nuts and seeds the loaf will tend to be denser.

      Thanks, Zoë

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