Baking in Yorkshire
I've been browsing this site and learning from it for quite a while - and started posting recently - so it seemed like the friendly thing to do to introduce myself properly, rather than just wandering around on the edges.
I've been baking for about two and a half years now. It all started when I went back to college, and moved the whole family from quite a big house to a very small bungalow. While we were clearing out the cupboards and trying our best to be ruthless, I couldn't quite bear to get rid of the bread machine, even though I hardly ever used it - because just occasionally, it was really nice to have home baked bread.
So I figured I would try making a loaf by hand - and if that turned out ok, I would get rid of the bread machine, because if we ever needed fresh bread, I could manage it without the gadget.
The loaf turned out pretty well, and I LOVED baking it - so the next day I made another one....and the day after, another....and that was it, I was hooked. The bread machine went, and I've baked pretty much all our bread by hand ever since. I can't resist the desire to tweak and improve and experiment, so every loaf is different from the last. I was getting a bit frustrated after a while that the bread was never *quite* as good as I wanted it to be - until my mother-in-law bought me the Bread Bakers Apprentice for Christmas, 6 months ago - and suddenly the quality of my bread took a huge leap forward - and all the advice on sites like this one started to make much more sense. It was a huge thrill to test some of the recipes of his next book. I came over all star-struck!
I'm a curate, working for a church in North Yorkshire, in my mid-thirties, with a husband and two school age children. I've still got lots and lots to learn about bread, but it's been a fun journey so far. I'd like to learn more about sourdough - more about baking bread in ways that will work in our camper van, which has no oven - and more about helping others to learn how to bake. Plus, I'd really, really like to learn more about pizza!!