The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


tarade's picture

Help with Ingredient Adjustments PLEASE!

July 10, 2011 - 11:27am -- tarade

Hello All,

I've done *very* basic recipes, but got feeling ambitious this weekend and wanted to re-create a sandwich from Panera Bread, their Turkey Bacon Bravo sandwich.  It is made with a tomato basil bread with a slight sugar/honey glaze on the crust, turkey, gouda, bacon, and a thousand island-like dressing.

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Hello from Belfast, Northern Ireland!

June 28, 2011 - 5:41am -- Sheps

Hello all... just dropping a line to say hello from Northern Ireland! Anybody else from the Belfast area?

I've been hanging around the site for a couple of weeks now, and have definitely got the bread making bug. Even my fussy eater boyfriend is excited about the bread I'm making - hurrah for the Fresh Loaf!

All the best


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Newbie here from Arkansas USA

June 23, 2011 - 9:57am -- John in AR

Just a quick hello to all from a new member. My wife of 25 years is a phenomenal cook & baker, and we just bought our first real mill & are looking forward to making and using our own flour. We bought a whispermill; may one day buy one that can do meal as well (Nutrimill & Country Living seem prevalent here in the USA), but the whispermill should probably do us fine for a while.

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New Here

June 9, 2011 - 3:14pm -- margarita

Hi! I'm Margaret, my friends call me Margarita. I got into cooking a few years ago but have always been scared of baking aside from Granny Smith's sugar cookies and the occasional scone or zuccini bread. I found this sight, though, and after making my first loaf of bread today, I'm hooked. I started with lesson two and my bread turned out wonderful! It was so exciting pulling it out of the oven! I can't wait to further my bread experience and master the more advanced recipes.

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Help! Dense bread!

October 1, 2010 - 4:05pm -- girlswear


I'm so glad to find this place with great resources. This week I've made my first loaf following recipe from a Hovis yeast package. It smells and taste great, but it was very dense. After some googling and watching youtube and Good Eats (Dr. Strangelove) episodes, I knew my method was wrong. Didn't know about folding, and the day was too cold didn't have proper rise before bake. 

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Hello from South Florida

May 21, 2010 - 6:36pm -- MikeRocha

Hello hello everyone. My name is Mike Rocha and I live in sunny South Florida. I don't know how to bake at all. But, I do know that I love to eat fresh, warm bread. It's the best. So, I joined this forum in the hope of learning the in's and out's of fine baking. I look forward to learning from all of you. I promise to contribute whatever I can to make this the best forum around.

CaperAsh's picture

This will be a regular series of posts documenting some of my learning experiences. I have recently made the decision to

a) learn how to bake bread

b) build a wood-fired oven

c) try to sell it (if good enough) at a local farmer's market where I live in Cape Breton Island, Canada.


I think many might find this amusing - some might even find it irritating - given my lack of experience!

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Poolish -- First "Flight" -- Questions -- All-Poolish Loaf? Adjusting for Hydration after Soak, and, and....

December 20, 2009 - 3:56pm -- Koyae

'Just tried to do a sourdough loaf with presoak and had it end up /very/ doughy. I've been learning for a few weeks now because most commercially-available breads are absolute garbage health-wise, and the good stuff (from the farmers' market or frozen at the natural foods -stores) runs a good $6-per loaf. I'm determined to learn and not afraid of making mistakes (as you'll soon learn.)

Anyway, trial went something like:


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