The Fresh Loaf

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Hello from Illinois

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Dreasbaking

Hello from Illinois

Hi everyone!  I have been lurking this site for several years and am finally creating an account and making my presence known!  Thanks for having me!

I have been baking our family's bread for the last three years, exclusively. Within the last year, I became a home demonstrator with The Grain Pantry, and now I have the pleasure of teaching people how to bake bread in their homes.  I'm living a dream!

I mill my own flours and am constantly amazed at the difference between freshly milled and store bought flours.  I have a goal of completely eliminating processed flours from my baking - this is my 2014 New Years resolution.

I also love sourdough baking and have goals to improve my artisan loaves.

Thanks again for hosting this site.  It is wonderful.

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Heath

It's nice to have another experienced baker as a member :)

I've never heard of being a home baking demonstrator before - what a lovely job!

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Dreasbaking

Thanks!  Lequip recently revamped its home demonstrator program.  My mother bought a Bosch Universal and mill back in the 70's through a home demonstrator, but the program kind of faded away.  Now they are starting it back up again, and I jumped on the chance to be part of it.  I'm a civil engineer who left the corporate world to stay home with our kids, but the bread baking is my love and it's so fun to share it with people.  The demonstrating is pretty basic bread baking - but it gets people who never thought of baking bread or milling flour to realize that they can do it.  You can check out a little of what we do at www.thegrainpantry.com. 

It's always fun to search this site and find new ideas and methods to try out and keep my bread skills honed!

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kensbread01

Where are you located?  Would love to try fresh milled flour for my breads.  I'm in Elgin, IL

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Dreasbaking

I'm in Crystal Lake, Il.  A NW suburb of Chicago.