The Fresh Loaf

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Bace

Hi!

This place is exactly what I've been looking for.  I'm new to the bread baking world, but I have always wanted to give it a try.  Finally got off my butt and did something about it.  I've only done a basic sourdough so far and have had mixed results. 


The first loaf I did, was out of the park.  Good texture, flavor, cell structure, etc...  Took meticulous notes on everything I did.  Should have been happy with that. But no.  Started to monkey around with the process, types of flour used, proofing method among other things and was unable to duplicate my first success.  


This last weekend I went back to the original process, recipe and booyaa!  Another home run.  I think that I'll stick with this for a while to make sure I have it down.


I look forward to reading all that I can and absorbing all the experiance and knowledge here and apply it to my process.


 


Thanks.

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Ruralidle

Greetings Bace


Welcome to TFL.  You will find that it is a friendly and helpful forum with lots of experienced bakers who can answer the questions that you will no doubt have as you do more baking.


It is good practice to only change one item at a time in your process and recipe.  That will allow you to properly evaluate the effects of that change and decide if you like the result.  Have you started your baking journey with sourdough or have you been baking yeasted breads?  Once you have a strong and active starter, sourdough is not any more difficult than baking yeasted breads - although it takes a bit longer -  but there are many contributors to TFL who will testify to the difficulty that many experience in developing their first strong and active starter.


Enjoy your time on TFL and your baking.


Ruralidle

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Bace

Yeah.  I think that I got a little ambitious (cocky) after my first successful attempt.  I've gone back to the original process and have had moderate success again.  Going to stick with this for a while.


This is my first foray into baking. Sourdough has always been my favorite, so I decided to give it a go first.  My starter has been going about 2 months and has gotten much better with each passing week.  My next project is probably going to be a honey wheat loaf.


I've dove into this with the same vigor that I dove into when my brother and I started smoking our own meats.   A lot of research and many tasty experiments.  


Thanks for the welcome and look forward to picking everyone's brains.

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Ruralidle

Now, smoking meats (and fish) is also good fun :)  Good bread and a nice piece of smoked ham or cheese is a match made in heaven.  Although a really good wholemeal bread and smoked salmon are also a great match.