Gordon from Indiana
My name is Gordon Hayes. I live in SW Indiana with my wife and two daughters. I am 45+.
I have been baking bread since I was around 15, though not continuously. I have been cooking since I was 13. I have to say that baking bread is my favorite.
I bake mostly whole-grain and sourdough breads. I bake the Challah bread for our small Messianic synagogue in nearby Evansville, IN. I mix whole wheat and bread flour about 50-50 for this. Am going to try naturally leavened Challah bread soon.
I am advancing my bread making skills with information from the 'Net and various books. I recently bought [color=FF99FF]Bread[/color] by Jeff Hamelman. I like it and the recipes are fairly easy to scale. I am reading [color=FF99FF]The Bread Baker's Apprentice [/color]by Peter Reinhart. I also own [color=FF99FF]The Italian Baker [/color]by Carol Field. All three are excellent books IMHO.
I am working on apprenticing myself out to a professional artisan bread baker in Evansville, IN. I would love to open a small Bread Shop/Deli/Coffee Shop in our town. 8-)