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Hi and Thank You!! Share celebration with me?

mayagayam's picture

Hi and Thank You!! Share celebration with me?

Hi from Fairfax, VA.  My name's Maya, and up until a week ago I've never even *thought* about baking bread.Then, thanks to this site, I was able to make my first baguettes ever today, by hand, with no bread maker, from scratch - actual picture below - I can't believe it.  I created a combined recipe using Fromartz, Reinhard and others to make a 68% hydration dough using a 100% hydration poolish that I made last night, and I'm totally jazzed at what I got out of my baguettes today.  My beloved actually used the words "fantastic" and "impressed" :D  What more could a girl want?I can't thank you all enough.  I have read so many posts from this site this week.  Without you I never would have found the kneading video, or learned valuable lessons from your experiences that helped me out tremendously!  I would never have known to look up Fromartz or Reinhard.  I would never have known what a preferment was...   Really, thank you so much, every one of you.Will you share my celebration with me? Grateful,Maya 

aytab's picture

Congratulations, they look great. Baking is one of the funnest most realxing things I have ever done and at the same time it has been one of the most frustrating things I have ever done, but I keep trying and I celebrate both my successes and my failures, (its good I have two teenage boys that don't mind eating my failures) Anyway once again Congratulations you did a fantastic job, I raise my glass to you!!! cause yours look better than mine and I've tried making them several times.

gmagmabaking2's picture

those look really good... I look at baking as a creative expression of my love for my family and friends... as well as a challenge. I have made things that look lovely, like your bread, and things that look kinda scary... it is all a learning process and from the looks of things - you learn very quickly...

Welcome, and Enjoy!


mayagayam's picture

Thank you for your kind words, Diane and aytab.  I was stunned at how relaxing and fun the process actually was!  Very rewarding - the dough really has a life of its own.  And I realize there's so much room for error (temp, times, etc).  For now I'll just practice this until I feel confident with it.  I don't imagine I'll move to other baking, but this has been such a surprising joy, who knows!   With deep gratitude, Maya

Yerffej's picture


Making that baguette with no prior baking experience is simply tremendous.  Nice work,


NetherReine's picture

I have been baking bread, withe the help of TFL for 3-4 years now and haven't yet managed to make baguettes as beautiful as your's!  And you, only at it a week!  You must be a natural!  Congratulations on your success!

HeidiH's picture

What a beautiful first loaf!

dabrownman's picture

They say you can always tell how good a bread maker is by their baguettes. You have arrived at TFL just in time to be an accomplished bread baker for sure.  First time loaf a baguette?  No fear, pride or ego there.  We will expect great things from you in the future :-)

Welcome indeed!