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2bamstrbkr's picture

Glad to be here

Well I guess you can tell by the fact that I'm posting under this topic that I'm new here. The screen name means "To be a master baker".

I recently took a trip to the Middle East (Jordan & Israel) and came back wanting to make my own fresh pita bread. Of course over there they don't call it pita bread, it's just called bread. Anyways several of the people I met told me not to by the prepackaged pita in the grocery store and to only by fresh or make it myself. So I came back and just decided to try and make it myself to see how it would come out. Well I found this site and used a recipe I found here and it came out great, somewhere in there I decided I was gonna start trying to make other breads as well. So I found the the "Basic white loaf" and made it. I don't think it turned out that bad.


Here it is, I know you can't taste it, but trust me when I say it was pretty good.

Well again, I'm glad to be here. There seems to be a wealth of information for me to read and learn.

Thanks for reading!

AnnaInMD's picture

already a mstrbkr  ;)

Very nice!

dmsnyder's picture

Hi, 2bamstrkr.

Welcome to TFL!

There is a lot to learn, but there is lots of help available, as needed. It looks like you are off to a great start! You skipped the "brick phase" most of us went through altogether.


2bamstrbkr's picture

for the comments!


I didn't know there was a "brick phase". From the sound of it I'm glad I skipped it though. I'm trying the lesson two loaf tonight.


Thank You again!


Paddyscake's picture

That's a great start! Have you mastered your pitas? Something I haven't tried yet.


Franko's picture

Hi Steve and welcome,

By skipping the "brick" phase of baking a loaf you made a good looking loaf of bread that had the 'jump' in the oven that seperates bread from bricks. It's a good looking loaf of homestyle bread that I bet tastes better than any bread you've had in a while. Nice work.


2bamstrbkr's picture

I've only made the pita's once at my mom's house and don't have rolling pins and all to do it at my house. I will soon though.


Thank You, Franko!



countrybreadbaker's picture

Hi Everyone:

My name is Abilgail and I am so glad to have found this forum.  I love to bake bread.  I do not use a bread baking machine but make it by hand. I find it relaxing this way.

I do have some questions which I will ask in another post.  Just wanted to introduce myself.


2bamstrbkr's picture

It is nice to meet you Abilgail. I feel the same way about baking bread. It is very relaxing to me also. I'm sure someone here will be able to answer all of your questions. Everyone here seems to be very helpful and informative.