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Aaron E

My first time

Hello! 

My name is Aaron and I am a brand new bread enthusiast  Sure, I have enjoyed eating delicious bread my whole life, 31 years, but never baking! Until now.  i have been reading so many books and sites regarding bread making I finally gave it a try. Three nights ago I made my first brick, I mean loaf of bread. Tasteless, dense and downright terrible. So last night I tried again. Slightly more success but still the wrong density and no flavor. 

Now I am not one to give up so just a short while ago I tried again. Started with a nice yeast, bread flour, water, salt, honey, egg, oil and next thing I know, I have a dough that looks sort of like what I have been dreaming about. 

It is currently in the first rise. I put it in my oven, turned off of course, with a bowl of warm water to get the temperature up to 75 degrees. 

I am so excited to see how it looks after this rise. I will let it double, plus a bit more then do a second rise in a baguette shape. 

if it is a success I will post my victory pictures!  If not, back to the drawing board

 

 

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Floydm

Welcome, Aaron!  

Keep at it and I am sure you will get it, and we are always happy to help.

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Aaron E

Thank you Floyd! My first rise was great! Lots of bubbles in the dough, light and it smelled wonderful!  I shaped it into baguettes and it is doing a second rise right now!  So excited

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Floydm

Sounds promising.  I've got my fingers crossed. ;)

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Aaron E

Success!  Two beautiful loaves of soft, crusty, flavorful bread!  I have a picture but I'm having a hard time uploading it.   Thanks!