The Fresh Loaf

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From The Heart of North Carolina

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wdsgfm

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".

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qahtan

 Have you still got the bread machine, as lots of people make their bread etc in the machine but take it out to bake in the oven, that way you can shape the dough how ever you want it.....;-)))

Whole wheat bread is only fabulous when the flour has been freshly milled.

                                          qahtan,

 

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wdsgfm

Yes, I still have the machine.  I got an error message and called the company to see what it meant.  They said it was overheating and I shouldn't try to use it.  The dough did mix into a nice ball but the machine stopped at that point.  The machine was free but it still didn't work.  I ran it empty to see if perhaps the mixture had been too thick but it did the same thing empty.  I had considered also just what you suggest...using it to mix the dough only.  Thanks for your reply.  

"We're Making Footprints In The Sand"

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Darkstar

Welcome!

 

My wife and I just bought a Champion juicer and are getting ready to begin a juice/water fast sometime in October. We do it for healthful reasons but getting closer to our bodies means getting closer to the divine.

 

Good to see new memebers to the site!

 

Darkstar

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wdsgfm

Greetings Darkstar and thanks for the welcome.  I purchased a Champion Juicer at an auction a couple of years ago for 35.00.  Didn't realize it's value at the time and only tried it once right after I bought it.  It was destined for ebay until I got into the fast and then I pulled it out of storage.  It came in very handy and I used it almost daily. 

I'm sorry but I just can't get into juicing vegetables.  I found apples, cantaloupes and a little watered down carrot juice to be OK but anything beyond that was "terrible".  I wish you well on your fast.  I found a great website that helped me learn alot at www.freedomyou.com   (I trust it's OK to post that info).  They also have a forum board but I never joined it. 

I would have liked to have been able to juice some bread during that time but i don't think that works.  I did read in another post that Champion makes some type of flour mill as an attchement for their jucicers.  Did you know that?  Thanks again for your welcome.

"We're Making Footprints In The Sand"

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edella

I've had a champion for years and find it very useful. Unfortunately it cost a lot more than yours as I live in england! I also went a bit mad and bought the grain mill attachment. It works very well, but is perhaps being a bit *too* much overkill on health and the pure body and all that. But lovely to do occasionally - the bread certainly tastes different!

 BTW about juicing vegetables - I admit that I mostly don't, especially since I found V8 juice is now available over here in the UK in 1 litre containers. But if you consider carrots and beets as useful veg candidates for juicing, the champion is great for this.

 I can get very nice commercial juices these days, 100pc and not from concentrates. They are very expensive though, so I often cut them with fresh carrot juice and sometimes some still water as well to lower the sugar percentage. Quite good. Also beets are OK, but perhaps not for your most elegant visitors as the beet colour mixed with practically anything else can be rather grungy, to say the least!

regards from edella in worthing UK

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qahtan

 Juice of any kind is far better straight from the fruit/veg rather than V8 etc, which has been heated etc and stored in the can until you open it, it has already lost part of it's goodness...... ;-(( qahtan

              Worthing, lucky you, I used to live in East Preston, :-)))