The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Another Ohio introduction

September 5, 2009 - 3:40pm -- phaeon

Hi there, I'm also from Ohio.  I have been a member of TFL for a couple of years but, honestly I think this is my first post!  I have been baking bread, rolls and pastry for longer than I care to admit.  A friend recently gave me some sourdough starter, which is what brought me back to the forums in earnest.  It's been interesting to learn about sourdough, and I really like baking without commercial yeast.  The advice and recipes here have been very helpful- thank you!



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Hello and question from Chapel Hill

September 5, 2009 - 12:53pm -- macart3

Hi, I'm a library science grad in Chapel Hill, NC. I love making bread, especially when I have five projects due at the same time, but school kind of takes over my life.


I got a really silly sounding question: where is list or index of all the bread recipes? I see at the bottom of the home page that there's a favorite list, but I'm wondering where's a "complete" list.



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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 Woodinville, WA

May 12, 2009 - 6:33pm -- jamiej


I started baking bread Oct 2008. In many ways it's the antithesis of my professional life. 

After going through the breads in Joy of Cooking, I branched out to the web and The Fresh Loaf was one of the first sites I visited. This site is a joy and I've learned quite a bit from everyone here and I hope to return the favor. 

For now, here's my Bread Blog. It's a catalog of my journey so far.

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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...


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