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Hiya! from Kansas, US

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Jaleister

Hiya! from Kansas, US

Hello Folks!

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate this site.

Every now and then I'd gotten the urge to bake bread, I'd get out one of my otherwise trusty cookbooks and choose a likely candidate and proceed to make something that I could build a house out of. Being discouraged that I'd made something fairly wretched, and that I didn't have the time to make enough of them to actually build a house from (being a lemons to lemonade sort of fellow) I'd throw my hands up and abandon the attempt. But still the urge would come (usually years later).

Anyway, this time I was at work, so I looked about online, and came across this site. With rekindled hope, I studied for a week, picked up a copy of BBA and between the book and this site, just this last weekend made my first successful bread! Three lovely loaves of ciabatta. It didn't have the nice crumb one looks for in a ciabatta (though there were hints that it was thinking about it... I think I manhandled it a bit too much when I was dividing up the loaves) and they certainly weren't the prettiest things, but they were quite tasty, and had a great texture.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, and giving me what I needed to know to make my first right steps (after many missteps). Count me as yet one more addicted home baker.

Jaleister

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Mini Oven

Welcome to Freshloaf, glad to have you!  Don't you just love the smell of fresh baked bread?   :)  Mini Oven

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verminiusrex

Welcome and hello from Lawrence, KS. 

 Bread Baker's Apprentice (a gift from my wife) was the single book that taught me to make loaves correctly.  Before that, I made wonderful bricks.

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Jaleister

The smell is one of the best parts. Even my bricks had that going for them at least :)

I'm in Lawrence, KS also, which is one of the reasons it took me so long to re-attempt bread baking after a failure. When you have a place like Wheatfields in town, you don't have to bake it yourself to have a great loaf of bread.

Much better to have your hands in the entire process though :)