The Fresh Loaf

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Hello from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

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butrflis

Hello from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA

Hello everyone,

 

I have just found myself having a life after spending 10 years re-educating myself lol.  I am slowly but surely getting into the hang of having a life again and being able to do things.  I am busily working through some of my bucket list.  Bread baking is one of them.  I found your site while looking into bread machine reviews.  A post on here asked me, "why bother?"  I couldnt have agreed more.  I am looking forward to learning.  Hoping to find a nice recipe for dark dark pumpernickle bread that is used in spinach dip for one of my projects.

 

Thanks for having me!

Kat

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Ford

"I have just found myself having a life after spending 10 years re-educating myself lol."

Welcome!!!!   Don't ever stop your education process!

I suggest you start on something easier than pumpernickle.  Try a simple loaf bread made with commercial yeast.  After you have mastered the techniques of kneading and loaf forming, then go for sourdough, and later the rye breads.  Bread making requires patience especially sourdough rye.  You can find recipes here by searching in the box at the upper left of this page.  If you cannot, someone here will be happy to give you a recipe, including me.

Ford

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butrflis

I have already done the simple bread.  My mother taught me a simple recipe handed down from my great aunt Olive.  I have done pretty well with it.  I wanted to take things a bit farther.  Im really interested in the hardier breads.  We tend to shy away from "white" food stuffs here.

 

kat

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mimi7107

Not quite sure what you meant by "why bother" but if it was about using a bread machine, I'd say why bother bother as well.  For me, one of the great pleasures in life is kneading bread dough.  I have trouble understanding the "no knead" approach since kneading is such a wonderful (not to mention therapeutic) activity!  I know there are those who are unable to knead for one reason or another, but aside from that I hope everyone gives it a chance!  And by the way, continue learning!  It keeps us young.....I learn something almost every day if I just keep my eyes and ears open.  Happy baking!

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butrflis

I was looking for a machine, researching it ad nauseum as is my nature, and just the reply I saw on here was along the same lines of what you just said...  I thought to myself, "yes, why bother with a machine!"