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!!!!!