I'm a new baker
I'm so gald to have found this website. For several reasons I've decided to get serious about making my own bread. I hope this isn't sacrilegious, but I have a simple bread machine and would like to use that for my baking or at least mixing the dough. This is mostly a convenience issue as I work full-time and have little time to actually wait 90 minutes for bread to rise etc. Making bread by hand seems very time consuming.
I desire good whole grain loaves. Mine so far seem to come out very heavy and not something my spouse enjoys. I do plan to get some bread flour and vital wheat gluten to add to the dough today. I read in my bread machine instruction book that it may help lighten the loaves.
I am open to any and all suggestions, and looking forward to participating in discussions. Most of all I appreciate your sharing your wisdom.