“How can a nation be great if their bread tastes like kleenex?” – Julia Childs

“How can a nation be great if their bread tastes like kleenex?” – Julia Childs
February 16, 2015 Jonathan Hale
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It’s been a bit nippy in Brooklyn this week, today was in the single digits. While I’m all for getting fresh air, I choose to spend time inside honing my bread baking skills. I’m working my way through the recipes in “The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day”. The title is a bit misleading, the five minutes a day refers to the time actually spent in front of the oven. There are a few steps that require a bit more time. Todays selections included a light whole wheat loaf and a chocolate, chocolate chip loaf, because I love chocolate. The recipes are easy to follow, I’m still working on forming a perfectly round ball of bread dough. It does not take much for your loaf to turn out looking rather funny. Fortunately the shape has no reflection on the taste! The light whole wheat turned out great, and the chocolate loaf was amazing. The chocolate was by far the best smelling bread I’ve baked yet.

A formed loaf of light rye waiting to rise on my favorite bread peel. While we’re on the topic, a hand made bread peel would be amazing gift to surprise your favorite baker with.



Formed loaf waiting to slide into the oven.

Ready to be pulled from the oven, oven mitts are suggested!

Fresh baked light whole wheat. Funny shape but great taste!

Top view of the funny shaped light whole wheat.


Chocolate chocolate chip loaf waiting to rise in it’s pan.


The finished product, this was the first chocolate bread I’ve made. I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last.