The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Hello and Thanks!

jpsam's picture

Hello and Thanks!

I saw Jay "longhorn"'s blog post about Tartine Bread and quickly joined TFL because of my current obsession with Robertson's loaf. I have been baking since 2006 when I learned about Jim Lahey and No-Knead bread from Mark Bittman in the NYTimes. Since then I've discovered the magic of using a levain and freshly ground whole wheat flour. I use the grain attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer. I have a bulging bread book shelf but have hardly begun to figure out how to deal with whole grains. Our household currently numbers only 2 but I have wonderful baking and (especially) eating support. I have also worked out a deal with my friends such that when I am overly ambitious, I may cut into a fresh loaf, check the crumb for research purposes, and then gift the loaf. We live in the SF Bay area: an embarassment of bread riches. I've been reading TFL since I started baking but this is my belated thanks to all of the wonderful bakers who so generously share their experiences, and to FloydM, who makes this site such a treasure.


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Welcome, Joan!

PaddyL's picture

I used to do that before giving away a loaf of bread.  It seems like years ago now, but it wasn't.  Now, I never bother checking to see if the inside is okay because I know it will be.  You'll get to that stage too, and boy, does it feel good!