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#1 of 3 Old 11-19-2011, 09:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
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http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Bread-Five-Minutes-Day/dp/0312545525/ref=wl_mb_hu_m_1_dp

 

I'm considering buying this book and have the following questions:

 

1) Are most of the recipes vegan?

 

2) Can the nonvegan recipes be easily veganized by using  substitutions? Can you give some examples of recipes where you've used substitutions?

 

3) Are the recipes healthy, whole grain recipes or do most of them use white flour?

 

4) What are your favorite, tried and true recipes?

 

5) Do you have any additional advice or feedback?

 

Thanks so much!

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A friend lent me this book, and even also a bucket for storing dough in the fridge. She loves it, but for some reason it didn't work for me. could have been an equipment problem (they recommend baking on a stone, which I don't have) or room temp or something, but every loaf went flat before it rose. Might have worked for a foccacia, I suppose, but not for slicing up at the table.

 

If I recall, most of the recipes are refined grains, I think there are a few whole grain. I think they have a separate book for whole grains. I don't think the standard recipe calls for any dairy. some of the specialized ones have cheese. I think it would have been worth the investment to buy the book, if the system had worked for me.

 

I'd put in my vote for the bread machine.

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I got the whole grain version from the library and it worked for me, sort of... the first time you put it together, it took some time and then it took 5 minutes, let it rest 30? minutes, then bake however long...   so it wasn't a lot of hands on time, but you had to oversee the process...

 

I bought a bread machine from kohls -- I called 3 times and asked if i could return it once i used it if it didnt work for me (they all said i could).  I've had it for about a week, and I'm keeping it.  It literally takes 5 minutes to set it up (i bought the zojirushi extreme bread machine), it doesn't walk across the counter at all (something i was concerned about, since i broke my mil's ancient machine years ago when i tried it out that way), and i can set it up 13 hours ahead of time...  i'm still working out a recipe that i really like, but i haven't made an inedible loaf yet...even substituting for vegan stuff...

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