As the title of this post says, I am a new member to this forum. I am from Long Island, New York - you know - where the Hamptons are. Seriously, I stay away from there.
I am excited about baking my own bread and am learning as I go along. I have made a Challah bread that turned out awesome (I think so) and a few Boulle loaves. I have picked the Hertzberg/Francois books and am just starting to get into them. I started doing this on a whim about two weeks ago when I saw one of the books in Costco. I had been using a bread machine a few years back, but it didnt do much for me as the loaves all looked the same and somewhat manufactured. Now baking on a stone and it's a whole new world!
I am coming to the realization that the little jars of yeast and 5# bags of flour that you get at the supermarket areway too expensive and I am exploring alternatives. I just ordered 4# of yeast from Amazon last night for about $6 but I haven't found any viable deals for flour yet. I did find 50# bags of flour for about $16 online, but you have to buy in quantity - maybe 50 bags? Even I cannot use that much!!!
I am looking forward to learning new things to keep this alive for me. But for the moment, Boulle loaves are fun and they dont last more than 3 - 4 hours in the house before being eaten up.