The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Newbie from Seattle, WA interested in the science

March 20, 2012 - 1:04pm -- lashleigh


I was gifted a starter in January and this site has really helped me out a few times. I feel like I know enough now, and have done enough of my own experiments, that I might be able to add some useful content. Of course, what kind of guest would I be to come knocking without some bread, so here is a picture of my favorite loaf.

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Hello from Kodiak

January 12, 2012 - 10:44am -- VonildaBakesBread

Good morning, all! I am so excited to find this website. I currently make so-so bread, and it's fine, but I want to make great bread, so I'm hoping to learn a lot from all of you. I make whole-grain bread, so I think, per the Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, that it is quite different than regular white bread dough, and takes some slightly different techniques. Grew up with a grandmother whose house ALWAYS smelled of that yummy, yeasty bread smell.



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Greetings from Finland!

After years of reading your posts (and drooling over your tasty and beautiful loaves) for inspiration, I thought I'd start my own blog here too. During the days I'm a stay-at-home dad exploring life with my two boys (ages 4.6 and 2 :)). The rest of my time, mostly when my family is asleep, I try to split between baking, writing and some other creative experiments. And browsing The Fresh Loaf.


In the past summer, I managed to spoil my starter by not refreshing it during the summer vacation as we were traveling around Finland. Ever since, I have been making breads with yeast, procrastinating with the idea of training a new starter. The Ale and Yeast Poolish recipe from Richard Bertinet's Crust has become my current favorite bread.

Today, once again, I made a batch: I usually follow the recipe as printed, except that for baking, I use a cast-iron frying pan covered with a clay pot for the first twenty minutes -- my cheap version of a dutch oven. To fit the breads in the pan, I divide the dough in four pieces instead of the two instructed in the book, and shape the dough into boules instead of batards.

Here's how it looked this time:


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Richmond, VA Baker

October 17, 2011 - 10:21am -- djeffsmith

Hello Fellow Bakers,

I am an avid home baker and cook and have lurked on this forum for too long.  I have now joined!  In the bread baking realm I have worked through a number of style's and cookbooks including Lahey's (No Knead), Robertson's (Tartine), Hertzberg's (Artisan), and Tassajara's.  Beard on Bread was one of my first cookbooks in the early 8o's and I worked through a lot of that book before "bread was cool.".  I keep a couple starters going at any given time and am committed to have great smell wafting through my house every weekend.


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Greetings from the North country

September 10, 2011 - 10:57pm -- salix

Hello from the northern  interior of B.C., Canada.  Have been lurking on this forum for a long time and have learned a great deal.  There is a wealth of knowledge and experience, shared with a great deal of kindness and generosity of spirit.  Thank you all.  

As for myself, have been baking since I was 10, for more decades than I care to admit.  Have only been baking with sourdough for a couple of years, though, and enjoy it thoroughly.

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Hello from New York

August 15, 2011 - 10:48am -- buzybee


I have been reading the topics of this site for a while now and have decided to join in the fun. I've been baking bread as a novice for about a year. I was recently requested to be part of a farmers market to sell my bread. It has worked out well. Each week my sales and inventory have increased, which is a good thing except it is getting a little over whelming. I need to work on my time management skills (they aren't very good at this point). I really love and enjoy this site.


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May 25, 2011 - 9:21am -- Shady Grove Baking


I just created a new account here and wanted to greet everyone. I hope to use this website much more than my last account and I plan to post more recipes. I have a few that I have recently created that have given me great results. I don't have photos yet. But look for them. Anyways, hello to everyone and I look forward to discussing all things bread.



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New baker here :-)

March 18, 2011 - 1:14am -- MJM

Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm Meg, originally from California but married to a German. I had no idea how much I loved baking bread until I found this website, about a month ago! :-D 

Also wanted to say that the level of civility and helpfulness on this website is spectacular, especially for a beginner like myself... it goes without saying that the information is also superb! Thank you all for that, I hope I can contribute something positive as well (once I figure out these German flours... ;-)

See you 'round!


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