The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Beginner Baker!

SiMignonne's picture

Beginner Baker!

So I love blogging and I've recently discovered break baking.  Today I have discovered this website, and it's everything I could want :)  Blogging and bread!  I wanted to be more self sufficent with my food and I would love nothing more than to not pay $3.00 for bread each week when I can make it myself for half that. 

I started my first loaf after an article that I read about how to make artisan bread in five minutes a day.  It was on the website. Well, me being the beinning baker and all didn't understand that yeast has to foam up before you can use it.  So, needless to say, it didn't pan out so well.  (Can you check out all the inuendos in that sentance?!)  I started another batch and let the yeast do it's magic before hand and it worked much better.  I also found that I like kneading the bread, I really like to get my hands dirty and feel what I'm working with.  Today I have free time (no gym for me tonight it's my off night this week) so I'm going to try lesson number two on this website and add some sugar and milk to my loaf to see how it works out.  I'm also going to put wheat flour on my grocery list so I will have some healthier options to work with.  Can't wait to update with how well it turns out!




LindyD's picture

If  you use instant yeast, such as SAF, it is added to the ingredients right off the bat - you don't have to bother proofing it.

Enjoy your baking experiences!



cake's picture

bread baking is a yummy and sometimes challenging hobby. i recommend finding a good bread book, (something by peter reinhart would be my suggestion) and then reading up on some of the chemistry involved, and following the recipes very closely. you could start at the library, to find a book you really like, before investing in purchasing one.



SiMignonne's picture

A book sounds like a great idea, thank you!  I recently became a member at our Library so I'll check some stuff out! 

Also, about the yeast, I have several packets of Active Dry, and I'm going to finish those off before I buy the other :)  Thanks for the advice, it does sound easier.

Marni's picture

If you decide to make bread baking a regular activity ( and I hope you do ), you can buy the instant yeast in bags (about 1/2 to 1lb) instead of packets.  It is much less expensive that way.

I agree about the books, there are quite a few good ones.  The libary is a great place to start.

Welcome and have fun!