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Linda H

New here

A friend linked me to this site. I've looked around a bit, and it's rather overwhelming for a novice like me.

Anyway, I'll poke around a bit more...

 

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flournwater

Make yourself at home and please understand that the people who share this forum look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with you, and we hope you'll do the same.  The most experienced bakers on this forum do some incredible work, but they still make mistakes.  Likewise, the novice bakers experience some wonderful successes and revelations and we truly enjoy helping them find solutions to the mysteries of what happens when flour/water/salt and yeast come together.

Welcome aboard ....

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OldWoodenSpoon

Yes, there is a lot here.  It does not have to be overwhelming though, if you approach it systematically.  You refer to yourself as a novice, so you might want to start with the basic Handbook, Lessons and some of the instructional Videos available right off the top menu bar.  It's on every page so you can't miss it.  Other than that, don't hesitate to ask questions, seek advice, and generally jump in a participate. It is a very friendly, helpful community, and you will be hard-pressed to ask a baking question that someone cannot answer. 

Again, welcome, and I look forward to seeing your baking here in the future.
OldWoodenSpoon

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richkaimd

I agree with OldWoodenSpoon.  While there's lots here, don't be put off.  Ease into it.  Here are some more approaches:

1.)  Look at the Home page often.  Read as much as you can.  It seeps in.

2.)  Practice baking bread when you and tell us how it goes, successes and failures alike.  When all learn together.

3.)  Buy a textbook, not a cookbook, and learn from that.  Dimuzio's Bread Baking is short and starts the new baker off from the beginning and takes him/her up step by step.  Don't buy a more advanced one, yet, anyway.

4.) When you have a question, use the search function on the top left before you post it.  Many questions have already been asked and answered many times over.

Everybody's gotta start somewhere!

 

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NoviceBaker52

Hi Everyone,

I am also new to this site; I mainly joined because I am looking for some help!  I have a friend that is diabetic and while I am making bread for friends and neighbors for Christmas, I didn't want to leave her out.  I have been reading that the best bread for dibetics is a sourdough.  I have never made sourdough and really do not know how to get started, it seems really difficult.  However, my dilema does not stop there, I am looking for a pumpernickel sourdough, any suggestions?

Thanks

Lorie

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flournwater

Just type "pumpernickel sourdough" into the box at the left top side of the screen and click on "search".

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Lareynadenada

Hi! I am new here but have been "lurking" for awhile. I haven't baked for years but it is coming back (slowly). I am recently retired so finally have time to do things I have always enjoyed. I think my hubby and I will be gaining weight though, we have been eating fresh baked everyday!!  The most fun I have had so far and the project I got the most help with on this site is my sourdough starter. It took awhile but I finally got it going good, (named it Henri). Henri is in the fridge now resting.  Anyway, just needed to join so I could thank you for all of the great info on this site. THANK YOU!!!                 Arlene

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NoviceBaker52

Thanks for the help flournwater. I will check that out today.

NoviceBaker52
(Lorie)