The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Greetings from a college student!

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Greetings from a college student!

Hello all!

My name is Annibal and I stumbled across this forum while looking for a way to make a home made proofer! I'm in college majoring in baking and pastry arts. I decided to be a baker after I saw some sugar sculptures on TV. Recently though I've found a love for baking bread. Although I'm not the best at it, practice makes perfect!


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If you are in love with baking bread,  this is the right place to hang out.  There is a whole lot of baking talent here ranging from "new to baking",  to incredible amateur abilities that undoubtedly exceed those of many professionals and finally many professionals are here too.


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Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm sure I will love it here (:

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On using The Fresh Loaf and other things:


Welcome aboard.  Here are some tips:

1.)  Practice, practice, and practice some more.  Then post your results so that we can all learn.

2.)  Read this website a lot so that your knowledge base can expand.  Watch all the videos as soon as you can so that you'll have them lingering in the background.

3.)  If you're looking to learn more, buy a text book.  Cookbooks have their place, but texts take you in an organized way from the ground up.  I recommend Dan DiMuzio's Bread Baking.  It's on the short side and yet quite comprehensive.   And it's not very expensive.  Look for used copies on Alibris or Powells Books.  Cook books like Reinhardt's Bread Bakers Apprentice (on this site commonly referred to as BBA) have their place, mind you, but they're not texts.  They have no obligation to teach all this material in as organized way as a text.

4.)  Because so much in this field is hands on, it would be good for you to find a fellow baker with more experience than you to serve as a local mentor.  So many of us learn in an isolated way.  Someone who's been down the block before and can show you the moves, the choreography of bread, is good to have.  You can use this site to find someone local to you.  If that does not appeal to you, and it's within your means, see if you can find a local beginner's course.

5.)  Never, never, never forget to use the Search Function on this site when you've got a question.  So many questions get repeated that the Search will get you lots of information far more quickly than posting a question.  But I cannot remember a question, in reading this site for many years, that was not answered in a good text book.

6.)  Oh, yes.  Practice, practice, and practice some more.