The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Hello from Canada!

December 20, 2009 - 12:59pm -- CeraMom

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a 27 year old SAHM of three :-) I am about as novice baker as they come. I baked my first yeasted bread as piroshky ( russian filled buns ) off a friends recipe. Suddenly, i was hooked! Since then I've made challah, onion dill bread, potato bread, cheese bread... and today I am trying a bread with poolish!

Up until two weeks ago, I had never used yeast. I didn't own a loaf pan. Heck, I didn't even have FLOUR in my house!

It is nice to meet you all. TEACH ME!



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Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Although I haven't been active on the Fresh Loaf, I have spent a lot of time reading, learning from and enjoying the content posted by fellow bread enthusiasts. Now, I hope to become a more active member of this site, hence this blog entry which serves as a brief introduction of myself as well as some pictures of one of my recent bakes.

I've been baking on a regular basis for about three years now. I enjoy baking all sorts of bread, though I have to say I'm a sourdough junkie at heart. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I've been living in Madrid, Spain for the past ten years.

The following photos are of a recent bake of the sourdough seed bread found in Hamelman's Bread (p. 176). This is a lovely bread and I find myself baking it time and time again.

Lastly, I'd like to thank all members of the Fresh Loaf for their time and dedication. Your knowledge and help have made me a better baker.


Hamelman's Sourdough Seed Bread

Hamelman's Sourdough Seed Bread - Crumb

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Rookie from Oxford UK

July 26, 2009 - 6:03am -- Sketti

Hi everyone :)

I'm a French girl living in Oxford, England. I love baking even though I fail more than not ;) I love baking bread and have just a bit of experience. It's so easy and satisfying and even I can't mess it up!

I found The Fresh Loaf when I was looking at tips for trying my hand at sourdough bread baking. My starter is bubbling away happily on my desk as I type this. Can't wait for it to be ready to use!

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Hey everyone! I'm an avid reader as of a few days ago and finally decided to add some content! I"ve been baking at home for a couple years, attended Oregon Culinary Institute for Baking and Pastry, and now work in a test kitchen, baking up yummy deliciousness. I, as many others, have high hopes of someday opening my own bakery right here in Portland and focusing on artisan breads.

Last night I took one of my favorite Italian bread recipes and simply changed it from one loaf to three smaller baguettes. At the time of the picture, one had already been consumed by my girlfriend and a friend that was visiting. I've been working on getting my slashing down on baguettes and think that I finally nailed it here. Let me know what you think!

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Greetings from Washington, DC

May 11, 2009 - 9:49am -- Steve H


Just thought I would introduce myself.  I'm new to bread making, getting relatively obsessed with it about 2 weeks ago and have since bought Hamelman's book and have been going through it.  So far, I've really enjoyed the results.  I'm using Carl's starter, which is working out great!

While I am new to baking, I've had other obsessive food hobbies, to include: tea, beer brewing, coffee roasting, wine tasting, indian food, and thai food.

A future obsession of mine will likely be yogurt.

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new to forum

April 30, 2009 - 7:02pm -- Pster


I have been reading this website for a number of weeks now but only recently found the forums.  LOTS of new info to catch up on!!

I have developed a passion for baking bread over the last few years.  At first it seemed like such a time consuming task with multiple rising times but then I found the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes bk and that has reinspired my love of baking bread!

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Kizzle from Colorado, and Coming of Age to Baking Bread...

April 23, 2009 - 8:33am -- Kizzle

Hello all!

I'm in my 50's and new to bread baking. My mom made YUMMY bread when I was little, with at least 2 punch downs (I always got to poke the bowl), but the one time I tried to make bread on my own, back in 1990, it came out hard as a rock, with a crust like plate steel. I decided to stick to store-bought...

While surfing the Web, looking for cookie recipes for cast iron baking pans, I tripped across the "No-Knead Bread" phenomenon from the NY Times. Having always believed that my one sorry attempt to make bread was tied to poor kneading, I was intrigued.

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April 20, 2009 - 12:53pm -- Mexicancook

Hi everyone, I am from México and live in Monterrey, close to the border to Texas.

I have been reading a lot of interesting things on this site and I really love it. I have a small business from home, I bake salty pies for small reunions, gatherings, or any type of event, etc. and I am always looking for new ideas.

I love bread so I hit the jackpot when I found this wonderful site, and I have already learned quite a few things here.

Thank you for sharing your ideas, recipes, tips and techniques with all of us.

Greetings from Nexico...


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