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Finally a hole filled bread!

Clover's picture

Finally a hole filled bread!


Hello everyone on the Fresh Loaf!  I am a fairly new baker, having just started late last year.  I quickly got hooked on making bread, since I love the taste and smell of fresh bread!  Since then I became slightly obsessed and was so happy to find this website! 

I have baked a few recipes here on the site, and they have all come out so well!  I got very excited to see the post on “big holes” in breads, as that is the sort of texture and look that I want!  I bought a sourdough starter from KAF that I have used since Dec., but I only bake the recipe that it came with, hah!  So I thought I would venture into something else.  I tried the “Italian Bread” recipe that was posted here, and it came out beautiful!  Yesterday I thought I would try it again, since my fiancé is a fan of it! ^_^  I let the preferment sit overnight, and in the morning I had a quite large, bubbly  bowl of goodness to work with! I got started on the dough, it was very very wet, something I have not worked with before.  I must have done something different from last time, heh.  After kneading and mixing, I thought I was going to go insane because I couldn’t get it to form, it was so sticky, etc… but I stuck it out and what I ended up with was EXACTLY what I wanted!  I was very nervous to cut the bread, so I had my fiancé do it, and I was shocked! Well worth the work!  It might not be shaped the best, but it sure does taste the best!!!!!


DrMomentum's picture

Looks yummy.


Floydm's picture

Great job. That looks wonderful.

LarAl's picture

Wow! These all look fantastic and very authentic. I will be trying several of the recipes myself. It's refreshing to finally find a person who 'gets' Italian bread. Thank you!