Hey, I'm new!
So here I am, a music student on a site about baking. Sounds funny, eh? But anyways, I'm a freshmen Music Education student, with a fierce love for bread and most things baked. It really all started in my first semester of college, jsut trying to make things, because a) I can, and b) I need food to live. So one thing leads to another, and I discover the ease of slapping some flour, water, salt and yeast together to make this thing called "bread". So I did it, and it was very easy ad fun. It did not, however, come out how I wanted it to (it was supposed to be a french bread, but there was no crust.) The bread was ver tasty, but there was no crunch I would associate with French bread. But oh well, I'm just rambling on here.
I've been browsing this site, as well as a couple of others, and I must say, baking breads is really fun. Not my favorite thing ever (music takes that,) but really really high up there. I just love doing it.
Also, something I've been meaning to ask, how do you guys steam your breads in the oven? I've heard of putting a pan in the oven while preheating it, and then pouring hot water in, but isn't that pretty dangerous and easy to get vapor burns from? Also heard of the method with a pan with holes in it for water to drip down onto the oven floor and create steam that way, but in some ovens, wouldn't that completely destroy the heating element, since water onto something very hot and fragile is never a good idea?
One more thing: This is quite the awesome website.