The Fresh Loaf

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About two months ago, I decided I wanted to try baking bread.  I began perusing allrecipes.com, a site I have begun using quite extensively since I really began cooking a lot a half year ago.  I found a recipe for "Amish White Bread", and as it had good reviews, I decided to try it, just for a sandwhich bread.  It went very well, considering the fact that I hadn't really taken much time to learn about bread baking.  After the bread had undergone its first rise, I discovered that the outside of the risen dough was a little dry.  After it had proofed, the outside of the dough was again just a little dried out.  I formed the two loaves, popped them in the oven, and had to take them out about ten minutes prior to the end of the prescribed baking time. 

The two problems I encountered came from me allowing the dough to dry out, I believe.  The loaves both had an enormous crack along the side and top, and as I found out when cutting and eating, there was a little portion inside each loaf that was not quite done. 

Now, these didn't prove to be too big of problems, however.  My wife LOVED the bread, despite the very small vein of almost-baked dough.   As for the cracks, although they were more accidental and pronounced than the natural cracking that (often purposely) occurs from the oven spring, they weren't a big deal.

Needless to say, I was hooked, and had to learn more about this (then) mysterious process of baking.  So the next day I went to the local bookstore, bought their only book on bread baking (The Art of Baking), and checked out two books from the library (Daily Bread and Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads).  Within about a week I had read through all three, and here I am...baking away! :)

 

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feeding dough?

November 29, 2010 - 8:46am -- freshbaker86
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Hi


 


Im new to the forum and bread making, but I worked for a guy at the weekend making pizzas and he gave me the left over dough. He said feed it tonight and every few days with flour and sugar or honey and it'll survive as long as you want it, just break off bits when you want it.

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My First Sourdough Bread

August 30, 2009 - 7:07am -- Fence

Today I made my first sourdough bread! The starter had been bubbling for almost 11 days now, so I decided to give it a try. At first it didn't rise much. I guess I simply didn't knead it properly in the beginning, but by the time it came out of the oven there was a queue waiting to take a bite out of it. I got the recipe from here.


Here's the loaf when it came out:


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My first loaf


There it is my very first loaf of bread, honey whole wheat. It went pretty well, I had my first sandwich today. Boy was it good, so much better then store bought. I'm making another loaf tonight...I just couldn't wait. I'm make a different version of the honey whole wheat. I'll let you know how it goes.

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First Edible Loaf

February 28, 2009 - 8:03pm -- flournwater

Because I had failed so many times to make a loaf of bread that I thought was worthy of serving to my friends and family I decided to reduce the size of my bread recipes to avoid wasting so many ingredients.  This loaf, the first I've ever made that I have any sense of pride in, is a "loaf for two" made with a scant 127 grams of flour, 89 grams water, 2.5 grams yeast, 2.5 grams salt, and an egg wash even got kudos from the LOML. 


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First real success on a stone.

January 19, 2009 - 5:33pm -- Stephanie Brim

I had my first real success today. I thank this site, obviously, for teaching me baker's percentage and how to use it.


I made a 70% hydration flour/yeast/salt/water bread today.  Everything was weighed and I came up with the following:


300g flour (100%)


210g water (70%)


6g active dry yeast (2%)


6g salt (2%)


This gave me a loaf that is 473 grams, or just over a pound, once baked. Perfect for a meal or two of pasta.

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The state of my starter

September 29, 2008 - 6:59am -- kung fu bbq

Hello bakers.

I've been making my own bread now for about half a year. The italian bread over in the Favorite Recipes is probably the most difficult I've done. I have some other main stay recipes that I use for white/wheat loaves but what I really want to make is sourdough.

 So after checking my calendar and making sure I'm not traveling anywhere I started my starter.

The starter I'm using is a Amish friendship starter. May or may not be the best but I had all the ingredients at the house.

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