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Corporate Zombie turned Amateur Baker [Hello from the Philippines]

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pinoy_panadero

Corporate Zombie turned Amateur Baker [Hello from the Philippines]

Hello & Greetings from Manila, Philippines. I am a business development consultant by day, but i'd like to become an amateur baker by night (or really early morning).

I have always been a big fan of good bread..and while i love to cook, baking seemed quite intimidating. 

the past few months, my interest in bread turned into a passion. if i had to trace it to one point, i think it was when i read an article in Saveur Magazine (http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/American-Bread). inspired by the author, i decided to roll up my sleeves and try my hand at creating artisan bread myself. i began actively looking for artisan bread in Manila, and even got to meet a local baker at a weekend farmer's market, who makes a mean sourdough bread and a lovely challah. i purchased a small oven, a few pans, some basic ingredients and began searching the net for more information. that is when i came across this forum, which is rich in practical information and full of people who seem really friendly and eager to share their knowledge. 

i'm excited to be part of a community like this and look forward to learning from you guys. 

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cranbo

Welcome to TFL! Look forward to seeing some of your bakes.

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cranbo

Welcome to TFL! Look forward to seeing some of your bakes.

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pinoy_panadero

Thanks, cranbo! i just baked my first loaf last night..a simple, white bread based on a recipe by Michel Roux, Jr. that i saw on a documentary on BBC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAWKcvvnjeY&feature=youtu.be&t=5m54s).

   

   

i had to adjust the amount of milk because my dough was really dry to begin with. but overall, i was quite happy with the results..it had a nice crispy-chewy crust and a moist, delicate crumb. i still have a long way to go, but i'm eager to learn. :)

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dabrownman

TFL!  Your first bread looks like a fine sandwich loaf and you are off to a good start.

Happy baking in 2013!