I'm a member of Daring Bakers and I am looking for a bread baking group that has challenges each month. Does anyone know where I might be able to find one?
Thanks for passing along the info regarding the Daring Kitchen. It sounds like a really fun project to be apart of.
I began looking for a bread baking group. If you find one, please pass it along. If I find one, I will also. I would love to be apart of something like that too :)
We could...well...create one.
I have webspace. I could actually host something, but I'd want someone else to run it because I'm seriously beat to crap on running things. A challenge once a month or so would be nice.
The feeding of the five thousand has already been done so ...
Like a baking assignment with a recipe? A project using just an ingredient list? Or baking with physical limits? A catering? Or extreme baking like in a hot air balloon? Or groups challenging other groups like team baking? Tame challenges that can be done with an electric or gas home oven? Or some slightly more dangerous heat sources like a campfire, hair dryer, magma heat vent or a propane torch?
Actually, I think FlourGirl is doing something similiar? But, sure, let's either jump on her bandwagon or start something here? I'd love to bake through another book..... this time with other people! :-)
I think someone different should host each month and come up with a recipe. They would set the limitations and alterations to the recipe (substitutions... etc) and then we all post about it on our blogs on a specific date each month. (Daring bakers usually has someone host each month, they reveal the recipe we are going to do on the 1st, and then we all post about it on the 27th.) We could really do anything... no knead, sweet breads, sourdough, naan, pita, etc. I just think it would be fun to do it together as a group and see the differences in the recipes.
I'd be game for something like this. I have a chocolate bread I'm getting ready to work on for which I use my modified version of the BBA sweet dough recipe. I couldn't go first, but maybe second or third.
I love this type of thing.
Did anyone come up with a challenge yet? A group? I would be really interested to do this. I am a beginner baker and would love to try new recipes, steps, challenges, etc>
Here is the link to one such group.
They operate exactly in the manner that Brooke described above and, I must say, they come up with some neat results.
Reading their blogs is a great way to actually design your own successful baking outcomes, as you learn from someone else's mistakes, for a change!
This is a great idea, Brooke!
I've seen the bread baking babes website before. One of the biggest disadvantages is that basically, you just make what they make AFTER they have posted about it. You are learning from someone elses baking instead of your own. While I think some of the suggestions they offer are helpful, I think it would be more fun to have our own bread baking group and have someone host each month. The biggest challenge is that we will have to have a website or something. I imagine that each month whoever is hosting can email out the recipe we are to make and then we all post together on a specific day each month. I think it would be fun to keep it secretive as well.... like DB. We all could post on the same day to either yeastspotting or tastespotting as well as posting on our own blogs. To continue in the group, each person would need to make the recipe. The person hosting would need to mention what they think the appropriate substitions are in case someone chooses to do gluten free, sugar free, etc. For example, in March DB made Lasanga. While they permitted that you make your own recipe for the meat sauce (or make it vegetarian or vegan) and your own bechamel sauce, they required that you make the spinach pasta yourself. I think you can do the same thing with bread baking. I recently baked a loaf of bread in my dutch oven on the grill. Even the way you bake it or the type of flour you use can significantly alter a breads crumb, texture, and flavor. If people are interested, I think it would be fantastic to start next month (the recipe would be revealed on the 1st) and you would be required to post by the 28th. If you are interested or know someone who is, email me and I'll try to get a set of "rules" out to everyone to ensure that you want to do it. If you can't participate one month, that's fine as long as I (or the host for that month) know in advance. I would say its appropriate that you can miss up to 3 challanges within a year from the date the challange starts.
If people are interested, I think it would be fantastic to start next month (the recipe would be revealed on the 1st) and you would be required to post by the 28th. If you are interested or know someone who is, email me and I'll try to get a set of "rules" out to everyone to ensure that you want to do it. My email is email@example.com
try using meetup.com
you can organize a group in your location and people who look for it can join. nifty tool.