Tell me YOUR story!
I'm sure that every single baker has their own story as to why they bake and how they got started - I'd be very interested to hear them! Tell me how you got started, what you love about baking, even your favourite recipe / type of bread.
I shall get the ball rolling then...
I'd always thought that bread makers were members of some kind of mystical brotherhood; alchemical masters the lot of them, toiling away over bubbling vats of yeast and flour, whispering secret and arcane words to the dough. My only experience of making it myself was back in my school days, producing a couple of rock-hard bricks, which were certainly not fit for human consumption. To be honest, the whole bread making process mystified me completely.
A few years ago a very good friend of mine came to visit and whilst I was making dinner one night she rummaged around my kitchen cupboards. Taking a few ingredients in hand, she had soon rustled up a batch of beautiful little dough balls. I was astounded I tell you, and was even more so once they'd come out of the oven and had cooled enough for us to taste - I hadn't tasted home-made bread in years and I was bowled over.
Ever since then I was determined that I would make some bread myself, although it was an embarrassingly long time before I plucked up enough courage to try it. My first few attempts were laughable, but bit by bit it all seemed to come together...
I love making bread, not least because there's a certain sense of pride about being able to say 'I made this beautiful looking thing from absolute scratch.' And to be able to eat it as well? Heaven.
So come on then, what makes you bake?