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N0ob in the Kitchen

Sam I Am's picture
Sam I Am

N0ob in the Kitchen

Hey Fresh Loafers,

I started making bread with the new year.  So far I have baked Ciabatta Loaf and Whitebread from lesson 1 and 2.  Baking is a great Hobby, even though my mates tell me I am turning into a woman, they never complain when the food comes out.  Anyhow I am hoping to get some ideas and advice with baking bread on these forums.

Sam I Am

yy's picture

Welcome to the forum, Sam I am. Surely your mates mean that as a compliment, and you take it as such, right ;-) ? Good luck with your baking!

hanseata's picture

Maybe your mates are just envious.

Happy Baking,


richkaimd's picture

Newbies to bread baking and TFL sometimes seem to think that they can learn enough from TFL to make good bread.  Indeed you can, but it's going to take you a LONG time, especially if, like so many others, you use TFL and one or many bread cook books.  I strongly suggest that you either take a serious course at a cooking school or that you learn from a true text book.  Either way, you'll learn from the ground up, establishing yourself firmly on a ground of knowledge that'll stand you in good stead for a long time to come.  You'll be surprised at how soon you start being able to distinguish good from less good advice on this website.

I don't know whether you're like me, but at the beginning (over 40 years ago), I wish I'd had DiMuzio's Bread Baking, because it's short, concise, and full of exercises.  If you are interested in a far more thorough text, try Hamelman's Bread.  It's great, though to my way of thinking, it may be too intense for a newbie.  Either or both may be in your local library.  The DiMuzio text is often available used at Alibris for around $20.

Newbies, I think, should spend some time watching the videos linked from this website just to get an imagine of the various ways people move dough around.  You can always go back to them.

You might be able to find an experienced home baker local to you by posting your locale on this website.

Finally, whichever path you take to learn bread baking, remember these two things:  1.)  Practice, practice, and practice some more; 2.)  As you get better, you'll like your own products more, but while that's developing, no one will dislike anything you make.  They'll just love you more.


dabrownman's picture

about the mates unless they start hitting on you !!

Bake On Sam I Am!

Sam I Am's picture
Sam I Am

Cheers Guys and Gals for the feedback and welcome.

Rickhaimd my missus was looking to get me a breadbook so I'll put her onto that DiMuzios.

Oh yeah I forgot to say I'm Australian so if anyone is baking in the brisbane or surrounding areas it would be awesome to swap ideas.  Also being Australian would explain why my mates think I'm soft like whitebread if I wear to play cricket they would ease up but its just so boring.  I'd rather watch dough rise.

This is my latest loaf its the basic loaf from lesson 1 with 1 cup whole flour 2 cups plain and a table spoon each of flax seed and rolled oats.  Its pretty good with vegemite chased by cold brew coffee.