The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

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Fireman4000's picture

brand new in more ways than one

Just wanted to start out right by saying hello. I am trying to expand on some of the things that I have always wanted to do. Being able to bake my own bread is one of them. I was led to this site awhile ago and I think that I am trying to glean more information to follow my passions.

LindyD's picture

You've come to a great place to learn.  Check out the lessons, handbook and video tabs at the top of the page, get a digital scale (if you don't already have one), and get your hands in the flour!

Don't forget to let us know how it goes.

GENE FOSTER's picture

As LindyD says get a scale.  Check a few of the cook books under the store. 

Remember, when the tourist asked, how to get to Carnegie Hall, the native NY'er said Practice, Practice, Practice.

Don't get discouraged if some of your first loaves are not perfection, trust me, they will get better.  I ate all of my beginner baked bread - I enjoyed it because it was my creation. 

Just go for it, and have fun, you will enjoy the learning experience.


Fireman4000's picture

love the ny'er comment...i have been eating alot of dense loaves but i think failing is almost as fun as success cause we cant be good at all things......just hope to find the ones that I am good at soon

saltandserenity's picture

I was where you are 16 months ago.  I baked (and blogged my way through Peter Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice book and can recommend it as a wonderful primer.  The folks here at fresh Loaf are also a wonderful source of info.  Good luck.

Fireman4000's picture

I have enjoyed finding people who I have a point of common intrest. Even if I never produce a good loaf of sourdough I have enjoyed reading the site.