Announcing HBinFive, a new baking group for the book "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day"

by Michelle on October 19, 2009

Welcome to HBinFive, a new baking group for “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois!

Some of you may already own the book “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day”, and are familiar with the ideas behind the revolutionary bread baking method that Jeff and Zoe developed. For those of you that are new to the method, it’s truly going to change your entire attitude about baking bread!

Jeff and Zoe’s technique simplifies bread baking and eliminates much of the guess work making the bread making process very easy. First you mix up a loose, very wet, yeast dough with just four ingredients, flour, water, yeast and salt. Once you thoroughly mix the dough, it is put in the refrigerator and it will keep from five days to two weeks depending on the base recipe. And when you are ready to bake fresh bread just cut off a piece of dough, shape it, wait a short time for the dough to relax and then bake it! That’s it, so you see there is no kneading and no planning your day around dough rising. The dough is similar to a sourdough in that the flavor improves with age, so the longer you leave it in the refrigerator, the better the taste. I’ve collected several videos if you’d like to see Zoe and Jeff in action! And you can visit Jeff and Zoe’s website, Artisan Bread In Five, and see some of their latest creations.

What about the Baking Group?

The mission of HBinFive is to bake our way though Jeff and Zoe’s new book, “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” which will be available for sale October 27, 2009. “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” is basically the same technique as in their first book but takes the method one step further and incorporates whole grains and healthy ingredients and of course there’s all new exciting recipes as well. I know baking every recipe in a book sounds like a daunting task, but as a group, one recipe at a time and the support of other HB5ers, it will be fun! You may even see Jeff or Zoe popping in occasionally!

Being this is a new book, it is important that everyone respect the copyright which means no recipes from the book can be posted any where on the Internet. So if you join the group you must buy the book. Believe me I’ve seen a galley of the book and with recipes like Cherry Black Pepper Focaccia and Tabbouleh Bread with Parsley, Garlic and Bulgur who wouldn’t want to own this book!

Since we are announcing HBinFive right before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and some will be getting “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” as a Christmas gift, we will not be posting our first recipe from the book until Jan 15, 2010. I know that’s a long time to wait, but don’t worry, we will still be baking. Zoe and Jeff have both graciously offered never-before-published Bread Recipes just for our group! And they will both be guest posting the recipes on my blog, one recipe in November and one recipe in December!

I do not want anyone to feel overwhelmed so we will be baking a new recipe every two weeks. And to add more fun, we will be using a Mr. Linky Gadget which will be available on the 1st and the 15th of every month so that you can link your post and be included in our bi-monthly Bread Braid. Also Mr. Linky will be available for our November and December recipes too.

The HBinFive Badge was designed by the gracious Holly of Phe.MOM.enon. And isn’t it wonderful! I can not tell you how grateful I am for the talent and generosity Holly so freely shared! Thanks again Holly!

If you are on a gluten free or sugar free diet, no worries, the recipes can be varied to any special diet or need. And if you’d like to experiment a little bit or substitute that’s just fine too!

We also have a Google Group, HBinFive, for members to meet, ask questions and discuss any other important information. When you sign up to participate in HBinFive, you will be sent an invitation to join the Google Group. The Google Group will be our main hub of communication so please consider joining.

What if you don’t have a blog? That’s ok! You can still follow along, and you’ll be listed in the HBinFive Membership List and welcome to participate in the Google Group as well.

And to top things off Jeff and Zoe have donated signed copies of “Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day” to be awarded to randomly chosen members of HBinFive! So get your membership information in early! Drawing dates are November 1st and 15th, 2009.

If you’d like to join HBinFive or have any questions, please contact me at ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com. In any communication please include your full name, blog name, blog URL and Email Address. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you!

 

 

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  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I have this book on my wishlist – looking forward to its release!
    2 weeks is a nice amount of time, lets me bake up other things as well. I’m in!

  • Kate October 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    This would be fun! Great to have the authors participating in discussion, etc. I just need to think about managing this before I make a commitment.

    Thanks for coordinating the group.

  • Tracy October 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I’m so in!! :-)

  • Beth October 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Was just saying yesterday that I don’t bake bread because I’m intimidated by it. I’m joining and overcoming this fear! Thanks for the great idea for a group.

  • The Quintessential Magpie October 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Girl, that bread baking sounds divine! I wish I could just be there to smell it. My doctor has me on a gluten free diet (argh!), so I have to forgo that pleasure.

    Happy Baking…

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Laura October 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Count me in!

  • Jeff Hertzberg October 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Really fun, really flattering!

    Jeff Hertzberg
    http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies October 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Woohoo! I just read Zoe’s tweet about a giveaway!! Fingers and toes crossed…
    So exciting!

  • HarkHerold October 20, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I’d love to be a part of the group! I’m an ABin5 fanatic, and can’t wait for the new book! Count me in!

  • KarinCooks October 20, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I have that on my “must haves” for Christmas this year. Love their first book!

  • Danielle October 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    This looks like so much fun!! I’m gonna email you right now :) and I think I’ll have to add this book to my christmas wish list!

  • Chow and Chatter October 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    sounds like a fab book love the header love Rebecca

  • Cat October 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Count me in please! Schedule sounds very workable! Hopefully by then I’ll be caught up with BBA! (Darn my taking the summer off!) Thanks for coordinating!!

  • Cathy (breadexperience) October 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    This is cool! Count me in! I love the ABn5 method. The schedule sounds doable too since I’m also participating in the BBA Challenge.

    Thanks for putting this together!

  • My Carolina Kitchen October 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Sounds like such fun. I guess I had better put this on my wish list at Amazon.
    Sam

  • miraomalley@sbcglobal.net October 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve already ordered the book. Sign me up!

  • Judy October 24, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve got galley proofs sitting in my office, and the recipes are fabulous. I’ll send you a sign-up message.

  • Deeba PAB October 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I have the first one of Zoe’s & Jeff…and this one on my wish list! Wish I had it, and I would have hopped on!! Good luck with your fab baking group11

  • Pam October 25, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I made some bread today from the first book! I am definitely in for this one!

  • Rambling Woods October 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I came via the Halloween Tweet. I used to love to bake bread as there was something very relaxing about it. Then bought a bread machine. Not good and haven’t done it is quite a while..I feel a bit inspired… Michelle

  • LaJuana October 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Count me in! I just had an email this afternoon from Amazon that they’ve shipped my HBin5! Will email you right way, thanks for heading this group!

  • Minna October 29, 2009 at 12:35 am

    i am so looking forward to this group. now that i have heard from you, i will order both books. thanks again.

  • Old Pop October 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Sign me up! Julie and Julia for Healthy Bread!

  • Kathleen October 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds like fun..I will be a spectator!
    Come over and read my poem, you are in it!

  • toontz October 31, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Sounds like a fun event, and a great book!

  • Jen November 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    sounds like fun! and since i’ve never made bread before it’ll be a good opportunity to learn!

  • diamondmarco November 2, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Fantastic. More great help in making breads quickly, that TASTE like bread.

    Thanks !

  • LJCohen November 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Nice! I’d like to join the group and do some bread baking. I have the ABin5 and use it all the time. Looking forward to the new book!

  • coffeegrounded November 5, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I’d love to bake along with the group. :)

  • jrouse November 7, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I would love to join. I don’t have a blog but I love to bake bread!

  • Jen Z. November 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    This sounds great. I have loved the first book, but always modified the recipes to include more whole grains, so this book is a dream come true. I’d love to join the HBinFive group!

  • Aparna November 9, 2009 at 2:21 am

    I just came to know of this announcement. Have ABin5 and have baked bread from it.
    Don’t have HABin5 or would have definitely joined this group.
    Anyone baking from ABin5?

  • Michelle November 9, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Jen Z, sorry but I can’t find an email address for you so I’ll try contacting you this way and hopefully you’ll reappear!

    You have to send an email to:

    ms dot bigblackdog at gmail dot com

    And I’ll send you info on joining HBinFive.

  • Michelle November 9, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Aparna, we are baking from the book HBinFive but you are welcome to join HBinFive Google Group.

    HBinFive is the same technique as AB5, you’ll just be using different flours.

  • girlichef November 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    This sounds like just the push I need to fully conquer my yeast fear! I’m in :)

  • Aparna November 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you, Michelle. Count me in then. I would definitely enjoy baking from ABin5 with a group.

  • asa November 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to trying the gluten free recipes!

  • CharlotteB November 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Sounds very exciting! I’m in. I love baking bread but have never tried this method. Sounds intriguing… The group is a great idea, thanks for organizing.

  • sherry November 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    I have the new Heathy Bread book and would like to join HBin5. I have just pulled out of the oven the Pumpkin Pie Brioche. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
    Can’t wait for the group.
    Sherry

  • Pat November 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I’d love to join this group. I’ve made my way through the first book and have only gained 5 lbs :).

    Pat

  • Michelle December 26, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Kathie,

    There’s no way for me to contact you. You have to send an email to ms.bigblackdog@gmail.com

    Michelle

  • Danielle December 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I got the book for Christmas!!! So, I’m in! Can’t wait to begin.

  • Carolyn™ April 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I got some Skookies late yesterday and thought they would be good for the pot challenge. As I was minding the granddies we made up a quick dough and made some cheese and bacon rolls on them. It was a bit much dough but they tasted great and the kids experienced a knead type dough as opposed to the no kneed we made last time. I will make up some no knead and make some smaller rolls.

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