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First real attempts at bread baking

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RichC

First real attempts at bread baking

My wife always shakes her head at me because I'm constantly looking for something new to create. Whether it's woodworking or a software application or gardening or home made pasta, I'm always trying to find some new way to make things. Bread has always interested me, but I've really never known where to start. I've tried a few different recipies, but I've never understood why I was doing the things I was doing, or more importantly, why I shouldn't be doing the things I was doing.

So one day I was on Amazon and I was reading about Bread Bakers Apprentice. It sounded like a book that would give me the information I was after so I ended up taking it out from our local library. I have to say that the first 100 pages were exactly what I was after.

So after digesting those pages, this past weekend I decided to try my hands at the pain à l'ancienne recipe in the book. It seemed a little simplier than some of the other recipies, and this would be the first time I'd made a bread that took more than a day.

Here are the results:

It's not the prittiest I've ever seen, but the flavor might just be the best I've ever tasted.

I also made a cabitta out of the same dough, letting it rise for 2 hours before baking it, but the crumb didn't come out as airy. I think part of the problem was that I took it out too soon.

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Joe Fisher

One guest described it as "dogbone bread" :) It is a great, simple recipe that tastes great.

Nice job!

I see you're a power-hobbiest, as well :) It must come from being a software engineer. My friends wonder where I get the time. Check out my woodturning site if you get a chance: Fisher Woodcraft.

-Joe

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Paddyscake

Very nice work!! My husband is a master carpenter and we both do love the natural beauty of wood.

Rich..Very nice crumb!

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qahtan

Just one word.......... Beautiful,,,,,,,,,, qahtan

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qahtan

Just one word.......... Beautiful,,,,,,,,,, qahtan

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RichC


I see you're a power-hobbiest, as well

I guess that's one way to put it. It's more like I have ADD and can't figure out what I want to do, but I like your definition better. :)

Check out my woodturning site if you get a chance

Looks nice. Turning is something I want to get into, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I picked up a delta midi lathe and bed extension last year, and they haven't made their way out of the box yet. I have to finish my workbench and then I'll get around to playing with the lathe. I've got a stock pile of old bowling pins to practice on too. :)

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Joe Fisher

but "Power-Hobbiest" sounds way more impressive ;)
I have the same problem. I'm into cabinetry, turning, traditional archery (bow making so far, fletching is next), radio control cars and planes, electronics, comptuer programming, mountain and road biking, astronomy, photography, bagpipes, keyboard, bread of course...you name it, I've probably been obsessed by it at one point or another.

And I'm only 30 :D Plenty of time to get up to more shenanigans.

Where in NY are ya? I'm going to be doing some woodturning demos up near Albany over the summer.

-Joe