The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

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Twoflour

Hello

Hi folks

 

I've just found this site and am looking forward to learning as much as I can about bread making. My current fascination is sourdough production using Mick Hartley's recipes from his 'Sourdough Made Simple' book as the starting point. I tend not to follow recipes slavishly and as the only oven I own capable of baking bread is a halogen oven can't follow the vast majority of recipes without modifying them.

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DavidEF

Thanks for coming, enjoy your stay. I've only been here a couple months myself, and I'm finding that I learn something almost every time I come on here. There are others on here with restrictions like baking in a mini oven, or a toaster oven. I'm thankful to have a full size oven. But, I've seen loaves on here baked in smaller spaces, that make me jealous. One thing worth learning is that your senses are a better judge of good dough, and of good bread, than any recipe, once they are honed. I'm still working on that skill set. I don't know how experienced you are at baking, maybe more than me. Anyway, Welcome to TFL!

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Twoflour

Thanks for the welcome, DavidEF. One thing I've learnt is that trusting my hearing as to when a loaf is done is no good. I've tried the standard: "tap the loaf and if it sounds hollow it's done" trick and still ended up with underdone loaves. I find the best thing is to whack the oven up to max for around 10 or 15 minutes with a bit of water in the bottom then turn it down to around 200 C to cook the loaf. I also split the cooking time in half and turn the loaf over half way through. That way it cooks through without burning. I still can't get the loaves to rise consistently yet though.

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JohnDeans

Hello everyone i am also new here at this forum and baking is one of my favorite hobby including eating breads.

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DavidEF

Eating breads is also one of my favorite hobbies. I bake, so that I can have bread worth eating. I can't afford to pay someone for good bread. I'm still learning, but even my failures are better than supermarket loaves.

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dabrownman

oven like one of those glass topped Nu-Wave ones I see on TV?  MY mini oven makes some great bread and i've been wondering if a halogen oven would make good bread too.  Now we will find out.

Welcome and happy baking.

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Twoflour

I've not seen a Nuwave oven 'in the flesh' but I don't think so. At least, Andrew James don't make the same claims. This http://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-James-Premium-Replaceable-WARRANTY/dp/B002LYQF7A/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1375769647&sr=1-5&keywords=james+andrew is the beast I'm talking about. It certainly makes good bread though, limited only by my inexperience.