New member from Illinois
Hello all from Southern Illinois.
I have been baking "standard" loaf bread for many years. I went off the beaten path to try the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day style when it came out, then switched to the "no knead" methods on the Breadtopia site about 2 years ago, and have been making some very good sourdough breads. Now that I am fairly comfortable with that, I have been reading Peter Rheinhart's "Whole Grain Breads", and hope to start baking from it soon. I bought a Retsel "Lil Arc" manual grain grinder about 12 years ago and promptly motorized it. I mainly use it to grind cornmeal for some really killer cornbread. I haven't made any "artisan" breads with home ground flour at all yet, have been using store bought flour to get comfortable with the methods. I bought about 5 lbs of Spelt berries on my last trip to the coop though, I'm going to try the Breadtopia Spelt Sourdough recipe in a few days and see how that goes. I just found this site a few days ago and have been doing lots of reading. Looks like this is a great resource.