Hello from the wild west - any tips?
Kris here. I'm really excited about this site, because there are so many people from many places with quite varied taste in bread - not to mention all that knowledge and experience. WOW!
So I'm 55 and have never baked bread before. Strange because I'm a pretty good cook who tends to make almost all meals from scratch (and to me scratch is not combining two cans of this with a packet of that and adding a pound of ground beef). I spent most of my adult life in Edinburgh, Scotland. There were great bakeries and delis on every corner. Even the supermarket bread was pretty good, if you knew what to look for. Why would I bake bread. I had other stuff to do!
Two years ago I moved back to Colorado. Old house, old barns, too many horses, not much money - you get the picture. It took me two years to get as far as owning an oven! Got one last week, and I want to start baking bread before the stuff the local supermarket sells kills me.
As soon as I get some flour and yeast and a baking sheet I'll try lesson one. That might take some time (having money, going to town LOL!) but in the meantime, I figured if I posted here it would help me hold myself to the intention to begin - even though it's going to be very hot for the next few months. (Did I mention that I don't have air conditioning?)
So - when I try lesson one, here's the scenario. I'm at about 4,300' altitude, the climate here is usually very arid, and the kitchen will probably be pretty hot (no AC, remember?). The oven is electric and quite large, the stove is fairly new, so I hope it will be fairly accurate. Would the more experienced like to offer me any advice about this?
Thanks for reading, and for a great site!