Hello from Maryland
Hi all . . . I come here from Bowie, MD. I've always loved bread. Developed an early dislike for Wonder Bread and always on the search for that perfect bread with a chewy inside and a crisp outside. I've baked off and on, but always from an "i need rolls for the family get-together" perspective. My interest has been kickstarted by the No-Knead Bread and the fact that right now we don't have the $$$ for luxuries such as artisian bread from one of the bakeries which I have to going into DC via metro or driving all the way over to Montgomery County (no, I'm not too crazy about Panera Bakery). Anyone know of good artisian bakeries in Prince Georges County, Maryland?
Took 2 tries before I finally got success with No-Knead bread. Then, a failure last Friday (dough refused to raise) and now I have a bowl sitting on my cable box - so far this looks like this may work out.
Lately I've been on a quest to come up with a good, warm spot to get my bread raising reliably and am exploring a few ideas which I've gotten from browsing other bread sites on the web. We keep our temperature set at 68 degrees during the night, and about 73-74 during the day. Even so, there are spots in this townhouse that is rather drafty so it looks like I may have to create a proofing box to get a secure environment for proofing.