I've recently started baking bread. Long story short, I live in the US mountain west, a culinary wasteland. Last year my wife and I visited the east coast where I tasted my first real pizza. It was love at first bite, so came back and built a wood fired oven.
This is part me showing off, part asking for input. :)
A bit about me - I've always enjoyed cooking, but just recently (as of a week ago) dove into bread-making for the first time ever when I bought a few packets of active dry yeast on a whim. I've made two batches, and I've got my third one retarding in the fridge. I've already bought a proper jar of yeast (rather than packets,) and I've got an attempt at cherry yeast water brewing in the kitchen at the moment.
... yeah, I'm kind of addicted already. ;)
My name is Jack and I live in Austin, Texas. I've been baking bread off and on for many years. Traditionally I make a rosemary/olive oil bread from a recipe that got out of Food and Wine magazine over 20 years ago. I usually bake it around the holidays and give away a dozen or so loaves.
When it comes to sourdough, I'm a newbie. I have been baking bread for years but have always been intimidated by sourdoughs but I have decided to finally try. I started the process yesterday using SourdoLady's starter instructions (wheat flour and oj). Obviously I have quite a few days in front of me before I really have yeast growing, but I figured this is the best time to ask questions.
I generally bake whole grain breads, although I do occasionally make other loaves.
I've been lurking this board a week or so, maybe; thought it was about time I introduced myself. Been baking bread since my kids were little; now my grandsons are almost grown...sigh. I use either a Kitchnaid or a bread machine, depending on time and recipe. Baked myself right out of yeast, so decided to make a sourdough starter until I can get to Sam's and buy more.
Every one of the recipes from this board has been a winner; so glad I found you!
Happy baking, all...
I was stuck without power for 4 days following Irene... fortunately, the local library was open and they had Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice. I've been reading it for a couple of days (by flashlight :) ) One of the first recipes I looked at was for "Anadama" bread and I figured I try it now that I've got power back.
I've actually had 2 whole wheat breads since my last bread baking post. The "baguettes" were not particularly pretty, but they tasted fine (especially when used as pizza). see: http://pojosbreadblog.blogspot.com/