Hello from the Berkshires, near Great Barrington MA
I am excited to find this site as I need all the help I can get! I am an avid cook - my specialty is Indian cooking. And I've dabbled in cheese making also, to some successes. I have had a dream of baking bread for quite some time now, I've probably been reading bread baking books for the last two years - for fun. Finally I said, I need to dive in and Do it! Well, it has stumped me and I'd say that over the last 6 weeks, since I've begun, I've had ONE success and about 5 failures for one reason or another :-(.
I have been growing a wild yeast (white) starter for the past month and as I write this I have one proofing in the bottom of my La Cloche baker (first time using it) hopefully to go in the oven in 2 hrs. And the other one proofing in a floured brotform in the fridge for tomorrow. I've used the recipe from the Bread Baker's Apprentice for the Basic Sourdough.
If there are any bread gods out there, say a prayer for me. I am optimistic, but I've been before and baked a brick!