What go you started in breadmaking?
My breadmaking itch started as a young child while reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In one of the later books in the series there was a scene where the pastor complimented Mrs. Ingalls on her wonderful bread and wanted to know the secret. Turns out it was sour dough. There was a brief description on how to make a starter even. I tried to make a starter, but my mother caught me with a bowl of water and flour in my bedroom and squashed that idea. Fortunately for me she didn't squash breadmaking. She encouraged me to follow a real recipe in an old Better Homes and Gardens bread book.
My first loaves were a hit though I did make the mistake of preheating the oven as I started assembling the dough! I advanced on to the cinnamon roll recipe in same book. In retrospect, compared to zolablue's cinnamon rolls, these were pretty blase cinnamon rolls, but for a beginner they were a triumph. Through the years I was requested to make bread for certain meals and to be included in meals delivered to grieving families.
When I first moved out on my own I made all my bread. I even tried my hand a bagels. My bug left me after I moved into a house by renting the basement. I had to share the kitchen and my housemates were not exactly the sharing type when it came to me using the kitchen to make bread. Through years, even after moving, I rarely made bread except for Dilly Casserole Bread, though I always meant to come back to it.
A couple of years ago I discovered a place in North Carolina that offered week long classes in all sorts of folk arts, including breadmaking. (http://www.folkschool.com if you are interested). I signed up for a week of breadmaking and I have been elbow deep in flour ever since.
I was fortunate in be bitten by the breadmaking bug, not once, but twice in my life. So what's your story?