Homemade Bread…in 5 Minutes | A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 20

A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 20

Making bread at home sounds daunting, but it’s easier than you think: only 5 minutes per day and 40 cents per loaf. Not convinced? We talk with Zoe Francois, former pastry chef and author of the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes Per Day series, along with coauthor Dr. Jeff Hertzberg. Also, a real life mom who found a way to make bread-baking fit into her lifestyle — and we taste our bread on the air.

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    June 8, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I just saw a recipe for a dense seeded cinnamon raisin bread that looks awesome! I might try that out for my next homemade loaf :)

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    Jessica K
    June 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Yummm! I would love to make this loaf, looks so easy!

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    June 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

    My boyfriend and I always love eating my baked goods together!

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    Genevieve Crum
    June 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I absolutely loved this podcast and am SO excited to try this bread recipe! I have been wanting to make my own bread for a while, and I recently found another recipe for a delicious seedy nutty bread by My New Roots. However, while I love this recipe, I also wanted to find a recipe for a loaf of bread using flour that I could easily make at home. I hope to someday be like your friend and bake bread for my family on a regular basis using Zoe’s recipe. :)

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    June 8, 2016 at 10:39 am

    My husband is getting better and better at making his own bread. We’d love to use Bob’s Red Mill products all the time!

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    June 8, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I have yet to perfect my homemade bread, but I keep trying and you have some good tips.

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    June 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I will share it with my boyfriend.

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    Alexandra robertson
    June 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I will share my next loaf of bread with my son. He cannot get enough toast. I love baking bread to relax.

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    June 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve wanted to get back into bread baking (I was never very good at it) but this podcast is giving me wings! Gotta try it again!

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    Steph Peterson
    June 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I will be sharing this with my mom and big sister! She has been pushing me to try new recipes and such, and I could not think of a more perfect healthy and easy option! Literally LOVE y’alls podcast! Look forward to it every time!

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    Heather S
    June 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I’m sharing mine with my two kiddos! :)

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    June 8, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I will be sharing this with my husband. I can’t wait to try baking my own bread!

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    June 8, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I have wanted to try Zoe’s recipe for years! I must have checked out their first book from the library at least five times. Finally, a friend can over a few weeks ago and helped us make the first batch of dough. We used the dough a few days later to make pizza, which was delicious. So this episode has inspired me to give it another try and actually make bread this time!

    So helpful to know that it gets a bit better with age. I’ll be sharing the bread with my family.

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    June 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I usually throw in a bunch of Italian seasoning in the very beginning. I love the smell! Makes delicious pizza!

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    June 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!

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    June 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I will share my next loaf of bread with my fiance!

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    June 9, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I just listened to this podcast at the gym, and my daughter and I stopped at the library and got two of Zoe’s books. I already bake bread, but am always open to a quicker, easier method. I will share the bread with my husband and two kids who are home from college for the summer. Who knows, maybe they will go back to school with cookbooks and breadmaking supplies!

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    June 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thank you so much for your lovely podcasts. Always inspired from you. I really appreciate your hard work. You guys make me want to move to Indianapolis. Sounds like a great place. Loving you can store this dough in the fridge and it just gets better!!

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    June 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I’m really excited to try this method! I was doing really well with baking and then my training schedule ramped up and I haven’t had time. Thanks for sharing! Love the podcast!

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    Cynthia Weiner
    June 9, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I’ve been making Zoe’s bread for years. Loved the interview with her! It was great to hear directly from the source.

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    June 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Since all my kids are grown & out of the house, I will share my bread with my husband and my Chocolate Lab.

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    June 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Always love to hear about new books!

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    June 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I make breads from all of the Aritsan Bread in 5 books and share it with my toddler. She loves the soft loaves with almond butter for breakfast almost every morning. She also helps me mix the dough too.

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    June 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    My husband and 11 month old would love it!

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    June 9, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    I have been thinking about baking my own bread for some time now. This method sounds so easy and delicious, I’m definitely going to give it a try!

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    June 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I think I’m going to buy this book based on this podcast! It’s great. Thank you!

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    June 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I keep meaning to make bread again, and this may be the recipe that gets me to do it!

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    June 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    My friend introduced my to Zoe’s cookbook about a year ago, and I have been make sandwich loaves, boules, and pizza crust with her master recipe. I always pre-slice and freeze the sandwich loaves because my husband and I cannot eat it fast enough. I think I read that the bread should be eaten quickly after it is baked. How do you and Alex keep your bread fresh? How many days after baking have you eaten it?

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    June 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I love fresh home-made bread, but have always struggled with shaping free-form loaves (as opposed to bread baked in loaf pans). I’m inspired to look for Zoe’s directions and try again! I’d love to share some beautiful loaves with friends and knock their socks off!

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    June 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Baking pizza with our teens. They’re learning a life skill that brings the family together and tastes great! We live on Bob’s Red Mill Muesli and even use it as a topping on loaf breads!

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    Terry Covington
    June 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    This post reminded me of how much I love to make homemade bread. Thanks!

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    June 12, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I love baking bread, and my husband and I have even had some success baking no-knead bread!

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    Bianca T
    June 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    my parents :)

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    June 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    With my husband! I enjoy making bread the tradtional way but it takes too much time to do very often. I’ve been meaning to pick up Zoe’s book forever and listening to this episode inspired me to actually do it!

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    June 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I am so excited to try fast bread! I will share bread with all my neighbors, haha!

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    June 13, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I loved this episode. When we were younger, my mom used to call my siblings and me the “yeast beasts” because we all loved bread so much! One of my goals for the year was to master bread baking, and I’ve had great success with Food 52’s Genuis Recipe for no knead bread, but I’m excited to try this method! I’d definitely share it with my siblings! :)

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    June 14, 2016 at 5:54 am

    So glad you delved into this topic! After I learned to bake bread I realized the hardest part is just learning, after that it’s a breeze and so rewarding!

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    June 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This has definitely been a huge encouragement for me to (finally) take the leap to make bread! I’m excited for something new to take on in my kitchen and have wanted to do this for over a year now. Thanks for such a great show and blog, y’all are so helpful to a novice baker like myself.

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    Jessica MacKinnon
    June 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Yum! I wish I could just eat the bread all myself but I guess I would be willing to share with my husband ☺️

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    Emily Smith
    June 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    As a recent graduate who is still on a student budget, this is highly encouraging and I will 110% be trying out this recipe! ….who could say no to $.40/loaf, right?

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