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New To Baking!


My name is Ashley, my username is long so you can call me Alivi if you want. I just finished this anime series called Yakitate!! Japan. It was about baking bread and throughout the anime it just looked like fun! There were all sorts of bread and I really just wanna try to learn how to make my own!

I really want to make bread. I remember as a child my Mom used to bake it and I figured to learn how to make it on my own would be fun! I'm going to be stuck at home from college for 3 months because I am supposed to go to Japan. So during that time I figured why not learn how to bake! I look forward to learning from everyone and making delicious bread!




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Welcome Alivi.  I wish you much success in your bread making adventures.  Three suggestions:  1) a good bread making book (I recommend Peter Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice)  2) a good scale digital that weight in both ounces and grams and has a tare weight feature  3) take your time, learn from your mistakes and remember that as long as it tastes good you don't need to be concerned with anything else other than what you learned from that last baking experience that will make the next one better.

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Mini Oven

I went looking for the series.  Found this one first and it is funny!  To think a cartoon series based on bread, amazing!

The recipe cruises by really fast.  Not sure what to make of Microwave bread.  Worth a quick try.  Have you tried it?


Alivieina's picture

Thanks everyone!!!


Flournwater- I'll look into getting one. I had a feeling I would need a scale. Bread seems to be finicky and I wanna make sure everything is gonna be a-ok!

MiniOven- Omg I loved that episode (ok I loved ALL of them) But no i havent! It looks like it would be as fun to make as the rice cooker bread! Or sushi melon pan! So many awesome bread ideas and flavors. It seems like so much fun! I highly suggest the series. It may be a bit over the top but it is super enjoyable!


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You're so lucky!  You found bread baking and TFL!  I agree with the suggestions above but want to add my two cents (or more).

1.)  There's lots to learn.  Practice, practice, practice.  And then report your progress to us, successes and failures.  Who knows what we'll learn together.

2.)  Read TFL often.  It'll take a while to figure out what some of it's about, but keep at it.

3.)  Watch all the videos (click on "video" on the upper banner.)  Yes, I mean all the videos.  Then go back to them when you need to.

4.)  If you're a reader, consider the difference between a cookbook and a text.  Texts are, by nature, organized to teach you from the bottom up.  Cookbooks aren't obligated to consider that issue, though they may.  BBA (Bread Baker's Apprentice) is a cookbook with lots to teach.  I use it, but after 40 years of baking I still wish I had had a text at the beginning!  I recommend looking for this text:  DiMuzio's Bread Baking.  It's available at Alibris, as a start.

5.)  Bread baking has its own choreography.  That is one of the reason I recommend watching the videos.  But better than any video is hands-on experience with how a particular dough should feel and be handled.  You can use this website to find a local experienced home baker.  Post a note that tells us the area where you live and what you're looking for.  There's nothing like the hands-on experience of learning moves from a practiced baker.  If you've got local classes try one if you can.

Have a wonderful time!