New Canadian Member!!!
Somewhat new member here - knew about the site for awhile, bookedmarked it, but for some reason never came back to it until last night when I was searching for history of bread while waiting for my loaf to finish cooking!
About me - low 30's Canadian male who works in video game industry. I love to bake/cook - current passion for awhile has been breads. I started bread making pretty much from scratch - meaning no training/reading up on what/how to do. This meant humerous things like: I didnt realize you needs to let the bread rise after shaping/before it went in the oven - imagine my joy when I did this by mistake and had that much lighter a loaf!
I don't really follow recipes at all - in experimenting Ive come to find the consitiency for the dough that I like best, and just add the liquids until it feels right. What liquids to add is kinda of random too - sometimes it will be a simple flour/water mix, other times ill throw in everything!
I use a kitchen aid mixer for majority of work - in most cases I use it for inital knead and then finish by hand. My eventual goal is to build a wood fired oven outside, though Im tempted to by some of those expensive clay pots advertised here/breadtopia to see how those turn out.
I keep my own local starter going, and ive recently purchased a few sourdough starters online to see how they turn out.
Favorite breads are traditional white with a rich fat content, olive/rosemary, and maple/nut based.
Anyway, thats me. Ill post some of my recent pics in the photo section. For now here is that loaf that finished baking last night while I registered!