Sounds kind of fishy, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve tried it and it’s true! All that needs to be done is mix water, yeast, salt and flour one day – which takes about 5 minutes, let it rise 2 hours or so and leave it in your fridge until you’re ready to bake some homemade bread!
On baking day, the hands on work takes just about 5 minutes while the rising, oven reheating and cooling obviously takes longer than that. But my husband and I were impressed with the outcome. I used the master recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day, which you can find here along with other great tips and recipes throughout the site. (Check out that Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, I think the Brioche is going to be my next 5-minute dough I’ll attempt so I can make some of this french toast.)
I have a lot of experimenting and messing around to do yet. The two loaves I’ve made so far I haven’t dusted the ‘pizza paddle’ (cookie sheet) enough so it ended up sticking when trying to gently slid it in the oven – I ended up with odd-shaped loaves. They also ended up a bit more moist then I expected, possibly due to the screwup with the pizza paddle sticking. So, even though we were impressed and enjoyed every bite of the bread with dinner, I still feel I can improve with my 5-minute a day bread making skills.