From The Heart of North Carolina
Greetings, I've been lurking on this site for several weeks and really enjoy it. I've even tried a few recipes. As odd as it may seem, I found this site somehow while in my last few days of a 40 day water and juice fast. The photo's of all that great bread had me drooling. There appear to be some great photographers on here as well and it's the pictures that really got me interested in trying some bread.
The article on making Pita Bread was my biggest inspiration and that was what I tried first. It turned out pretty good for a first timer I think. Several months ago I acquired a bread machine from a Freecylce group but had never tried it out. I found a recipe and loaded the machine only to find the machine wouldn't bake. I tried to salvage the loaf by baking it in the oven. It was a bit dense but I still enjoyed it. The bread machine is old and beyond repair I've been told so I'll stick with the oven from now on.
Next, I had to try the bagels. Most everything went well with that experiment until it came time to divide the dough into 12 parts. I never was very good at math and ended up with 10 large bagels. They floated in the water and looked like bagels...they just tasted more like a pretzel for some reason. Still, it was fun to try and I'm sure I will give it another try soon.
Last night I started on the "First Loaf" recipe but it was getting late and I stuck the dough in the refrigerator. I've got it on the counter continuing it's rise and will have it in the oven very shortly. Can't wait to try it.
The fast was a spiritual one. I want to also make some changes in my eating habits now. Bread has always been a weakness and I know I'm addicted to it. I just love sandwiches and have ate lots of store bought white bread. I want to now try and bake it fresh and I'm trying to add the whole wheat. Haven't really acquired the taste for whole wheat yet though.
I enjoy radio, TV and the movies. I've worked in all of them...well...OK...I worked at a movie theatre and not actually IN films but that should still count. My late wife and I had our own small restaurant/grill situation for several years and I managed a Calabash Style Seafood House with my brother for several years. My first "baking" experience was in making biscuits from scratch for our restaurant. I sold the first one I ever made but that's another story. I've always thought I'd like to have my own pizza place....ah pizza....my favorite food of all.
My thanks to all of you for this great site. I just enjoy reading all the recipes and drooling over the photo's. I hope I'll be able to contribute some on my own one day. Until then. Be Blessed and remember..."Whatever The Problem..Whatever The Situation...Jesus Is The Answer".