The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Hi from the Tampa Bay area

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KeyLimeCindy

Hi from the Tampa Bay area

OMG I LOVEEEE this site!  BUT it is somewhat intimidating for someone who is just starting out trying to make a simple, great tasting and decent looking loaf of bread.  What 2 books would anyone recommend for a beginner like me.  I am interested in flavor, herbs, artisian breads for starters.  I only want to use my hands and no machines, please.  My first 2 loaves turned out like bricks and made great door stops till they molded.  Help please and be gentle with me.

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Martyn

Hi Cindy, welcome from Lancashire, England. No need to feel intimidated; I joined here a while ago as a total beginner, with lots of help and kind encouragement the folks here got me baking bread like a pro.

I hope you have a big freezer 'cos baking real bread is addictive!

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KeyLimeCindy

Thank you Martyn. Do you have any basic suggestions?  What do you make the most of?

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Martyn

Well, i'm still a learner but I make quite a bit of no knead bread

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Ah9ES2yTU

and something similar with a sourdough starter

http://www.breadtopia.com/sourdough-no-knead-method/

 

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LindyD

A good start would be to read the TLF Handbook (see tab at top of page) as well as the videos.

There are also book reviews here - see the recommended book section.

Happy reading and baking!