The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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June 6, 2009 - 6:27pm -- GloriaH.



I am a beginner home bread baker. I have understanding of the basics of bread baking using hand mixing/kneading and bread machine cycles. I have owned a bread maker for the last 10 years and, after putting the machine away for the better part of 7 years (because I got tired of baking the same bread all the time), I decided to bake again.

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HELP! Newbie Baker ... with ONLY her hands

July 27, 2008 - 3:52pm -- Cioccolata16

Help! I am having very little success with my current baking attempts. All products have been edible, but none have turned out how I planned.


My dough usually rises really, but then when I go to bake them, they either fall or don't rise to their full potential.

My whole wheat sandwich bread came out with a hard crust...I had just baked a loaf with a crunchy exterior about 5 minutes prior, could any leftover steam have caused this hardening? 

 I cannot for the life of me score an unbaked loaf!

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I have never baked a loaf of bread in my life. I am 53 years old. My mom still makes delicious Irish soda bread. But it is my brother who lives in Costa Rica that has inspired me to finally bake some bread. I am the type of person who would never be satisfied just baking a loaf of plain white bread every weekend. I tend to max out everything I do (I started running a few years ago to get in shape and lost 42 pounds inside of 6 months). Then I started drinking beer and stopped running only to find that the 42 pounds came back with a vengeance. DUH! Anyway, I am going to bake my first loaf of bread tomorrow. Something about the concept absolutely fascinates me and I can't wait to get started. I work from home and my schedule is very flexible so I foresee no problems. I plan to post my progress for anyone that might be interested but mostly for my own amusement. {_;)>

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