The Fresh Loaf

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New baker from Iowa.

Leah B.'s picture
Leah B.

New baker from Iowa.

Hi all. I'm a relatively new bread baker, with a very new bread maker. I've had it four days and I've used it all four days. I'm a bit obsessed. So far I've only had success with pizza dough, but I refuse to give up. I have tomorrow and Saturday off, so it's going to get a work out. I love the taste of the brioche I made yesterday, even though the rest of it was a FAIL.

I'm not sure what else I'm going to make. I'm perusing sites now.

G-man's picture

Hi there, Leah. We're glad to have you on the forums!

Baking can definitely go from interest to obsession really quick, and a lot of folks seem to move from bread making into deeper food-related crafts. I guess it's sort of a revelation when you make your own bread and it is so much better than the stuff you get in the stores.

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. Even if folks don't know the answer they can generally point you in the right direction. And don't forget the Search function at the top left! It has helped me out of a few problems that had me wringing my hands and thinking about giving up entirely.

shastaflour's picture

Hi Leah,

It is fun, isn't it? (Well, that and some work :) My breadmaking adventure started when a neighbor brought over a still-warm loaf of home-baked bread. "Wow!" my husband said after he tasted it. I had an old thrift store bread maker in the pantry that I hadn't used for years, and I began fresh again from there. I quickly realized that I preferred using the machine just for dough to finish in the oven, then learned about pre-fermenting loaves (healthier), and just recently discovered the "stretch and fold" technique, which is super easy and doesn't require a machine at all. It's all learning and exploration (and a lot of yummy baked goods inbetween), and this is a great place to learn and discover from and with folks who enjoy the same thing. I've found people on these boards kind and generous with their wisdom. 

So, welcome! Glad to have you with us. :)