The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Hello from Ontario

century's picture

Hello from Ontario

Hey Guys/Gals,

New to the forum, just wanted to say Hi.
I started down the bread baking about a year ago when I purchased the Tartine book.
A few lame attempts later, I discovered this site and have been have some great luck with the recipes here.
My first attempt at "Daily Bread" combined with a couple "Tartine" techniques, came out beautiful. Since then I cant stop baking.

Always looking for new recipes and advice. This is a great site for both. Always looking to learn more.


Ontario, CAN



Ford's picture

There are great answers at the "buttons" at the top of the page, but if youcannot find your answer ask the question, and someone will answer.


Floydm's picture

Welcome, Emil!

richkaimd's picture

Dear Newbie, 

Practice, practice, practice.  Then tell us about your successes and failures.  Maybe you'll teach us something.

Try using a textbook instead of a cookbook.  Textbooks give the best overviews.  I have lots of cookbooks, but now, some 40 years into bread baking, I really wish I'd had a textbook from the start.  I always recommend DiMuzio's Breadbaking.  I got it as a final sale item at a closing bookstore for cheap.  Maybe you can, too.  Lots of folks on this site use Hamelman's text.  I own it but would never recommend it to a newbie.  Too much, too soon.

Always use the search function on this site to find answers to questions before you post a question.  It is rare to find a question that's not been answered many times over.

Watch all the videos you can find, whether on this site or through using your favorite search engine.

Find a local friendly knowledgeable mentor who is willing to let you work with him/her to learn techniques.  Short of that, find a serious breadbaking class.  Nothing beats hands-on experience.