The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Hi There!

cstoddard's picture

Hi There!

Hi all,

I must say this is the most info on bread I have ever seen!!

I have "played" with bread baking most of my adult life - not telling how long that is - LOL!!!  Even wore out a few (gasp) Zojirushi makers.

For the past 18 months, I have been grinding my own grain and baking all of our bread.  I just recently stripped a KA 600 Pro.  It is being sent off to the KA hospital and will be used for light-duty work only, when it returns.  I was very fortunate to have some FF miles that were about to expire and used those to order a Bosch Universal Plus with the Stainless Steel "Dough Bowl".  I hope I will like it and that it lives up to all the fantastic things I have heard about it.  I will admit my "dream" mixer is a Hobart.  I have 20 + years of grocery experience and we had 60 quart Hobart floor mixers.  I honestly believe they would mix concrete if asked.

After over a year of home baked bread my family wouldn't know what to do with "store-bought" - yech - neither would I.

I have mostly just used the recipe that came with the KA and modified that to include whole grains.  It makes a very nice loaf but, I am ready to try some different breads.  I have severe arthritis in my hands and wrists (currently in a cast) and I could not make bread without a mixer.  I do take it out of the mixer a little soon sometimes just because I like the feel of the bread when kneading.  I have several recent books by the big name bakers and will admit to not understanding much of it - that is why I am here - to learn!!!

The main reason I started baking was to try and replicate the pan-rolls the cooks baked when I was in high school - TDF!!!!  Daughter attended the same high school and many of the same cooks were still there.  I always got very excited when we would attend a school function as I knew I would get a pan roll!!!  How sad is that:)

I am very happy to be here and am looking forward to learning lots from all of you!

Thank you,

Cathy Stoddard in Missouri

midwest baker's picture
midwest baker

Here is a very popular recipe for those school rolls. Cafeteria Lady Rolls


alabubba's picture

Yes they are! Yeast Cocaine. Cant get enough!


cstoddard's picture

Can't wait to try them!!!!


Floydm's picture

Welcome to the site, Cathy.

cstoddard's picture

Thank you for the welcome!!!!!