The Fresh Loaf

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hello from the youngest baker :)

maylieQ's picture

hello from the youngest baker :)

correct me if I'm wrong, but at 14 I think I'm probably the youngest user on TFL!! :) as an introduction... I'm a high school sophomore that hates fast food and take out pizza. I have been told many times that I'm crazy, but I love "gourmet" foods, and I've been cooking for a couple years now!!! Lately I've been making all my family's meals, which my mom loves :) But a few days ago I stumbled across this sight looking for a pita bread recipe (which by the way, I've made twice now, and with a spread of homemade hummus, is simply amazing!!) and decided to explore a bit... after reading the lessons, I was hooked. I've made some simple loaves of whole wheat bread before, and made a failed attempt on french bread. armed with a new bag of bread flour, I tried jason's quick ciabatta, and came out with a decent-looking but great tasting loaf! I am in the middle of trying it again, and it's going much better! I am very excited to try more recipes, and eventually make great artisan bread!!

Yerffej's picture


I too dislike fast food and take out pizza and I have been told many times that I am crazy... for any number of reasons.  My soul is about the same age as you but my body has been around a few decades longer.  Keep cooking and keep baking as these are essential skills that everyone should have and will need.  Welcome to this site and I hope that you are able to glean useful information here.


whosinthekitchen's picture

Congratulations!  And welcome to TFL and the world of baking bread.  More than better pizza and bread you have the experience of being the baker chef making family members happy.  Your friends will come around and who knows how many bakers you will inspire.

I have been baking bread since I was about 15.  I have taught a number of people to bake a couple of breads. That is fun also.


Happy baking,




hanseata's picture

You're not the only teen that likes good breads. In my bread baking classes I had 12- and 14-year olds, and even 7-year old twins, who were very motivated and eager to learn.

I also started baking cakes at your age, but breads only since I came to the US in 2001 (there's a lot of good bread in Germany, but, alas, not in Maine).


maylieQ's picture


thank you all!! I'm very excited with the result of my bread this time... it may not be perfect, but it was much closer... and very delicious!


maybaby's picture

Your bread looks aboslutely fantastic! What wonderful crumb you achieved.

jrudnik's picture

The ciabatta looks wonderful! And I though I was the youngest on TFL (just turned 15) This is a super website and it already looks like your off to a great start!

jyslouey's picture

Wow this is beautiful...I wish I could do that at 14/15. I'm nearly 59 and have only just started to take up bread baking recently.  I'm no where close to what you have achieved, maybe I just don't have the natural talent to be a good baker or as they say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  Keep up the good work. I'd love to follow your progress, it would also be a form of motivation for myself to keep learning and hope to improve my skills.