The Fresh Loaf

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Introductions and Ideas

Please introduce yourself and give us your feedback on the site!

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February 24, 2017 - 3:01pm -- Dough Jo

Hi All, 

I have "trolled" this site all fall and winter as I've embarked on learning how to make a decent rustic, whole grain boule. This website is an amazing wealth of good people, great humor, and kind words of encouragement.  It has been a truly refreshing experience learning from all the wise, bread gurus on this forum.  I am tremendously grateful for it's existence!  Thank you for all the work you do to make this happen.  

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New to the forum

February 23, 2017 - 6:44am -- amylearnstocook

Hi everyone! I am Amy. I am a long time reader of The Fresh Loaf but I haven't posted. I am sort of new to bread baking. I started years ago making bread using a bread machine and moved on to using a KA. I've mainly made basic sandwich bread, dinner rolls, as well as boule in a dutch oven. I don't really make bread by hand due to limitations in one of my hands as well as I just love stand mixers. 

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New to Forum and new to bread baking.

February 18, 2017 - 12:39pm -- frrobert

I just wanted to introduce myself.  With the exception of pizza crust, I have little experience baking bread.

Here is my first question.  Are there any one armed bread bakers on the forum?  I have paralysis on one side and only use of one hand.  So I need to come up with some workarounds for different things like shaping.  My first batard wound up more of a baguette shape. :)




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New to San Miguel de Allende, MX

February 16, 2017 - 8:30am -- judym

Hi, new to this forum and to San Miguel (SMA).  Becoming really frustrated with trying to bake/cook at 6000+feet and without the product to do so.  Importing flour is not an option--way to expensive.  Any suggestions on where to get decent flours and sugars? I ended up at this forum because I was trying to find an in-country online purchasing option.  I am excited to be with you and look forward to all your help as I navigate new waters.

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Hey Fellow Bakers!!

February 15, 2017 - 6:22pm -- Noonygan

Found this site, and just can't get looking forward to spring now when I can fire up the wood oven and get started on some of the amazing recipes I have found here. Built my own pizza oven last summer in the back yard , and now looking to experiment with bread and looks like I have found the ideal place to get started, looking forward to exchanging ideas and recipes with you all.

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New guy!

February 12, 2017 - 12:14pm -- nicebread

Hello everyone. I'm a (male) college student with a cooking hobby that decided to make some bread.

I found this community searching online for bread enthusiasts. I baked my first bread yesterday (tastes great!) and I'm excited to bake some more breads now. I used a big wooden chopping board to knead the bread on and there's a thin layer of dough stuck on it that I'm not sure how to get rid of to clean the board. Should I use the metal kitchen sponge with warm soapy water?


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