The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


lovemymikerz's picture


Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum but not completely new to bread baking.  Some years back I was a stay at home, homeschooling mom. During that time I learned to make bread. I had a Whisper grain mill, used Montana Gold and a simple bread recipe that included, flour, yeast, salt, oil, honey and water. I used a simple bread pan and make mostly sandwich bread. Most of the time my bread tasted great but was a bit dense and dry. Until now I really didn't know why. Well, some years later, I have decided to get back to my love which is cooking and baking home made breads. My desire is to learn to make artisan bread and possibly pastry type dough at some point.

I'm looking into my options as far as doing this as a career. I believe we can go to school at any age but also don't see the need for some of the required classes to get a degree. At this age I have much life experience that should count for something. lol. Can others please share their experiences with college or certificate possibilities. I am 52 and do not want a mountain of debt to follow me into a new career. I will be stopping at our community college today to inquire about their program.

Thanks so much!

richkaimd's picture

I am a home baker of some 40 years.  While I tell people that bread baking isn't rocket science, and it truly isn't, it is sufficiently complicated to learn to be a baker that there are lengthy certification programs.  You can mimic one of these programs at home by extensively practicing every test recipe in a bread text book.  These books range from the quite complicated (Hamelman's Bread) to the much simpler and more accessible (DiMuzio's Bread Baking).  The more interested you are in working commercially the less you'll want to learn from a bread cookbook.  Such books are just not made to teach from the foundations up.  If I had it to do all over again, I would bake my way through DiMuzio and then through Hamelman.

About using this website:  a newbie simply cannot tell whose answers are good.  Learn first from an expert, whether by taking a course or reading a text book.  Then you'll be able to know how to use the open forum. 

I would also watch all the videos on this forum (see the tab at the top of every page).  Once I'd done that I'd know what to go back to.