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

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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