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Great Training DVD's-Baking Tutorials with polish

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Great Training DVD's-Baking Tutorials with polish

One of the things that really helps a new baker learn the crucial first steps of mixing and shaping dough is watching a video and hearing a good explanation of how the process works. Mark Sinclair from The Back Home Bakery has just released his first 2 DVD's that cover 3 different breads, how to create a Sourdough starter and the entire process of making artisan bread at home. I've looked at the trailers and they are the same high quality we have seen from Mark for some time. The man can handle dough like nobody I know. He does make it look easy and he shows his tricks for getting the most from shaping and folding. I can't do everything he does but it is nice to see him doing it.


I like the concept of buying a tutorial that demonstrates the entire process from scaling ingredients to baking in a clear easy to understand process.I think this will be a big help to people just learning to improve their baking skills and wanting to make beautiful breads.


Great job Mark! I'm waiting for the one on Baguettes too.


Here is the link to the DVD's.


Eric

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Yerffej

Mark's tutorials of past have always looked great and have been quite valuable.  If, like me, you learn from watching then I would highly recommend Mark's vidoes for top notch hands on demonstrations.  It is as close to having an instructor in your kitchen as you are going to get.


Jeff

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ehanner

Jeff,


I completely agree with you. I learned more in 10 minutes watching Mark shape his dough and tighten the boules than I had been able to understand in several years. Plus with his comments as to why things are happening, it's very helpful.


In his new DVD's, he has one part where he shows how to mix perfect dough with out a mixer. I wish I had had a chance to see that before I spent a lot of money on a mixer which hardly gets used these days. This would be very helpful for anyone wanting to learn how to make artisan quality breads with minimal equipment, which is easily done if you know how to handle dough.


Eric

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flourgirl51

Eric- thanks for providing this info. I just ordered both and will be very happy to get them.

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ehanner

Sometimes it just helps to see the hands on the dough and see the entire process. Baking is both simple and complicated. It's the complicated part I need help with.


Eric

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tssaweber

Mark is not only a good baker, he is also a very good teacher (and log home builder).


I know I was there!!!


Thomas

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ehanner

I think you are right Thomas,


Understanding how to teach a process to students is a gift. Lots of people know the skill but not many know how teach the finer points to those who need help. Teachers in general deserve a lot of respect for being able to break down a subject into understandable blocks that students can understand. Mark has shown that he is accomplished at that process and it shows up in his excellent videos.


Eric

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saintdennis

Hi Eric,


I have my mixer over 5 years and use it once.I make my breads by hands, you feel the dough. How was made bread before mixer was invated,by hand.


 


                            Saintdennis

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I'm always a little embarrassed at myself when I look at the very nice mixer I spent so much on, knowing how little I use it. As you say, learning to understand how dough should feel is truly one of the gifts of life. Our ancestors survived for thousands of years with only their hands.


Now through the miracle of technology we can see how to do it properly in our home with a master and his recipes.


Eric

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saintdennis

Hi Eric,


with mixer you can over mix, and is too much work to clean that.If you mix by hand you have to clean only your board and your hands and you have very nice execise. It lot the fun use your hands and you can ajust your water and your flour. I just make about 4 loaves per week and about 10 baguettes, and sometime I make a few brioche breads that I can do with the hands. If I make 50 loaves per day that mixer is good but small quantities I use my hands and I do just fine.


 


                         Saintdennis