Hello from Saipan
Hello to everyone. I just realized I've been remiss in my manners! I've registered and lurked and lurked but forgot to introduce myself!
I'm a home baker living in Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands. We're located in the Pacific Ocean, very close to Guam. It's about 80-90F with 60-65% humidity here year round. So I find myself leaving my bread to rise in our bedroom where it's air-conditioned and the room temp is 70-75 with humidity at about 35-40%. I bake as a hobby and stress relifed; and used to bake cakes and cookies. But after I noticed my husband's waistline expanding rapidly, I've switched to something healthier - bread!
We have a local Japanese bakery that makes those super-soft, yummy breads that my husband likes. My goal to be able to make whole wheat or mixed-grain bread that is a close approximation to the ones he likes. I've learned so much from the one month (or so) I've been lurking around. There is so much to learn and happily there are so many friendly teachers.
Thanks to Katie for posting her Sandwich loaf. I've got my basic bread now.
Thanks to ehanner for posting his eye-opening techniques. I've printed the entire forum stream, highlighted important parts and have been reading it over and over like a good student preparing for an exam! =)
And a BIG THANKS to Floydm for starting this wonderful community.