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With over 100,000 copies in print, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has proven that people want to bake their own bread provided they can do it easily and quickly. Knowing that people are changing the way they eat and bake because of health concerns or lifestyle choices, the authors took their established method and applied it to breads rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. That is where Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes in. Health-conscious bread eaters need homemade options more than anyone else. They want delicious bread, but they can't find the healthy ingredients they'd like to use in traditional bakeries, or in traditional recipes. Whether you are looking for more whole grains, whether you're vegan, gluten-free, training for a triathlon, trying to reduced your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, this book delivers. For all who discovered artisan bread through the first book and for health-conscious breadlovers everywhere, this book is a must-have. Includes Recipes for:
· Whole Grain Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina · Turkish-Style Pita Bread with Black Sesame Seeds · Cherry Tomato Baguette · Gluten-Free Rosemary Parmesan Bread Sticks · Spicy Chile Whole Grain Snack Crackers · Quinoa Bread · Pistachio Swirled Brioche
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JEFF HERTZBERG is a physician with 20 years of experience as a practitioner, consultant, and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His interests in baking and preventive health sparked a quest to adapt the techniques of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for healthier ingredients. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.
ZOË FRANÇOIS studied baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America. She teaches classes nationally and shares her pastry expertise on www.zoebakes.com. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The authors answer bread questions at www.healthybreadinfive.com.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
1 INTRODUCTION HEALTHY BREADS CAN BE MADE IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY, TOO!
We love food, and we love bread best of all. It was our bread obsession that brought us together for a cookbook in the first place. Our first book (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking) created an unlikely team: a doctor and a pastry chef. But it turned out to be a great combination. One review of our book called us “the Chemist and the Alchemist,“ though on any given day we reverse roles at will. Our partnership worked because amateurs found the result extraordinarily easy, yet aficionados found it utterly delicious. In writing that book, we wanted to discard everything that was intimidating and make the pro cess fast enough to fit into people’s busy lives. Artisan Bread replaced the time- consuming traditional yeast bread method with something quicker, without compromising quality. This technique calls for mixing large batches of dough in advance, storing them in the refrigerator, and then tearing off dough for loaves as needed over two weeks. Quite a lot of people tried it, and our book became part of a home- baked bread revolution.
Along the way, we started our blog at www .artisanbreadinfive .com, so that we could be in touch with readers who had questions or comments. It became a place to share new information that we’d learned. It’s been great fun— people have even written poems to us about their bread. We’ve heard emotional stories about entire families making bread together: grandmas making pizza with their grandkids, and siblings baking long- distance (some even across oceans). Our blog space is a forum for feedback and requests, and the most common ones have been for breads with more whole grains, seeds, nuts, and even for gluten- free breads. The requests came from as far away as Europe, Asia, and Australia. It seems that the world is becoming a healthier place. People were asking for whole grain breads that they could bake themselves, but they still wanted the same five- minute method. So the idea for our second book came from our readers. Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day became our next logical step for making breads and even desserts part of a healthy diet.
We both eat some sugar, white flour, and butter. In other words, we’re not health-food fanatics. But that’s not to say we aren’t health- conscious. We both exercise, and ultimately we watch what we eat. We wrote our first book with the goal of getting people back into their kitchens to bake really great bread, with recipes mostly inspired by the Europe an tradition. That meant lots of white flour. We ate it in moderation while we tested the book, and believe it or not, despite the much- maligned reputation of carbohydrates, we didn’t gain weight. We were both pleasantly surprised. Bread and desserts can be part of a healthy lifestyle, so long as you eat them in moderation.
Whether you are looking for more whole grains, whether you’re vegan, gluten- free, watching your weight, trying to reduce your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day has recipes for you. We all want to be healthy, and now we can do it without sacrificing flavor or precious time. It’s obvious why this would make sense for Jeff (the doctor). His background in health care and preventive medicine leads him to alternatives that are lower in calories, with healthier fats and higher fiber. Then, there’s his passion for bread baking, which led to the discovery we wrote about in our first book, making artisan breads quickly and easily. Not everyone needs to make their brioche without butter, but if doing so means that someone who can’t eat butter can enjoy fabulous brioche, then by all means let’s do it, and do it right.
That’s where Zoë (the pastry chef), comes into the picture. She grew up the daughter of hippies and cut her teeth on the ultra- healthy bread served at the Vermont commune where she was raised. In her twenties Zoë was a vegetarian; she didn’t eat refined sugar and headed off to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to follow her passion, pastry. Her goal: bake without refined sugar, but create ethereal pastries that didn’t weigh a ton and taste like sweetened tree bark. But while studying at the CIA, Zoë was tempted by the miracles of sugar, bleached flour, heavenly butter, and all of the other ingredients she had once shunned. She was being seduced away from the whole grains, fruit sweeteners, and carob that had been the staples of her counterculture childhood. Years later, Zoë would figure out a way to have it all: great-tasting but healthy pastries, desserts, and of course, breads.
So we both were drawn to write a new book that combines superfast bread with healthy ingredients. Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day is about taking the speedy methods of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and adapting them for breads made with less white flour (sometimes none), lower refined sugars, and healthier ingredients. We’re not going to claim that eating these breads is the key to a longer life. But we can show bread eaters who want to use more nutritious ingredients how to get results as delicious and fast as those they achieved with our first book. So Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day will not be 250 pages of preaching and scolding about health and diet; neither of us has the patience for that.
We’ll use the same wet, stored- dough method and we won’t make anyone knead. But as you’ll see, we’re switching to healthier alternatives: whole grains, canola and olive oils, nuts, seeds, natural sweeteners, and in some cases, gluten- free ingredients. Where white flour (or butter) is required, we’ve tried to decrease the total amount that goes into the recipe. And we kept active daily preparation time to five minutes for the basic recipes. We assume that this newfound interest in health hasn’t been accompanied by a newfound wealth of free time! A doctor and a pastry chef turn out to be a great match to create recipes that are not only good for you but that also taste fantastic. So now healthy eaters can have their bread (or pastry) and eat it, too!
As you read through the book, please visit our Web site ( www .healthybreadinfive .com), where you’ll find instructional text, photographs, videos, and a community of other five- minute-a-day bakers. Another easy way to keep in touch is to follow us on the social networking site “Twitter,“ at http://twitter.com/ArtisanBreadIn5.
Happy baking, and enjoy all the bread!
Why Eat Healthy Bread: A Wee Bit of Science
Being alive takes energy, and that energy comes from burning carbohydrate fuels with oxygen in our bodies (that’s called oxidation). Even though oxidation is perfectly natural and healthy, it releases some nasty chemicals. So does exposure to sunlight, chemicals, pollutants, and radiation. All that oxidation and energy can create what biochemists call “superoxide radicals,“ which we’ve heard of as “free radicals,“ high- energy chemicals that can do damage to our cells. Free- radical damage has a role in a host of chronic diseases, including cancer, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, stroke, and arthritis. The good news: Our bodies get help in getting rid of free radicals from phytochemicals (beneficial plant chemicals) and vitamins in our food, both natural substances with powerful health benefits. They act as potent antioxidants, chemicals that absorb damaging energy from free radicals. Phytochemicals with antioxidant activity tend to be richly colored: green, yellow, blue, and red. Some of the most colorful fruits and vegetables have the largest stores of phytochemicals. As you work through chapter 7, Breads with Hidden Fruits and Vegetables, you’ll feast your eyes on a stunning and colorful palette of breads. Substances like phytochemicals are the reason that the U.S. government recommends that you eat nine or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. These breads will help you do it.
Vitamins are essential helpers for the body’s normal chemical functions (metabolism), allowing the chemical reactions we depend upon to take place. Lack of vitamins cause some of the world’s most devastating but curable deficiency diseases, which have pretty much disappeared in the industrialized world. But deficiency diseases are the tip of the iceberg— many vitamins don’t just act as metabolic catalysts, they’re also antioxidants. This is especially clear for vitamin E. There is strong evidence that normal levels of vitamin E prevent heart, blood, muscle, and eye problems. Vitamin E is found in wheat germ (from whole grain wheat), vegetable oils, seeds, and nuts. Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant, works in concert with vitamin E. Throughout the book, we’ll jump in with sidebars about the vitamins— vitamin A, the eight B vitamins (see Appendix, page 307), plus vitamins C, D, E, and K (please do not ask us why there is no vitamin F, G, H, or I!). Most nutritionists agree that vitamin requirements are best met through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, rather than by taking vitamin supplements. That’s not to say supplements aren’t ever helpful; they certainly can be when daily requirements aren’t being met through food intake. But the vitamins that occur naturally in food are better because they’re more easily absorbed through digestion than supplements are, probably resulting in higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants in our bloodstream and tissues. This book will help you put more of those natural vitamins and antioxidants into your family’s diet.
EAT YOUR CRUSTS! There’s evidence that the browning pro cess that occurs when you bake bread creates additional antioxidants. So bread crust is healthy in addition to being delicious.
There are a lot of wild nutrition claims out there, and we’ve steered clear of them ...
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