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Another south Floridian

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hushnel

Another south Floridian

Hello I’m Mike, I have some experience baking bread, not a lot though.  When I worked as the food manager at the Bodega years ago I baked fresh rolls every day along with all the other stuff that had to be prepared before the doors opened.

 

It took me years to get over that job but 25 years of working on life support equipment and playing in local bands has gotten me to the point of baking again. Over the years I’ve gone through periods of baking, sometime every week. My wife likes that nasty white stuff conspiracy calls bread they sell everywhere, but I don’t. Even the local bakery promising Italian bread does the over proofing thing of Cuban bread. Enough is enough.

 

Almost exactly a year ago I had to go up to Indianapolis for my nephews wedding. One of my on line guitar forum buddies invited me to stop by his place and he gave me a very hardy sourdough starter that even neglected has managed to survive. I’ve used it a dozen times or so and just learned the power of the stuff at about 12 hours after feeding it, wow. With out a doubt I got a better rise out of it than any yeast I’ve ever used. I’m souled on it :)

   

For the last few months all I can think about is a wood fired oven and have looked into it. Though I’m out of Miami as soon as I retire in four years I may still build one in the back yard.

 

I’ve come here to learn about baking bread, I just read about this cold fermentation and the effects of enzymes on the carbohydrates along with the fermentation processes and realize I know nothing about baking bread, but I can learn.

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ClimbHi

I'm another Mike, pretty new around here as well, and I have learned a lot from checking this place out every day. Still have a long way to go to earn my bread "wings", tho'. ;-)

One advantage I do have is that my wife and I finished building a wood-fired oven about a year ago on our back porch, just outside the kitchen door. (There are a few pics somewhere in the photo section.) We've baked in it pretty much every weekend since -- it's a blast. If you are serious about building one, I heartily recommend "The Bread Builders" by Alan Scott, the godfather of modern wood-fired bread ovens. It's about 1/2 devoted to bread, and 1/2 devoted to building and using wood-fired ovens.

Ah yeah, and I pick a little too. Nothing like pickin' out a bunch o' tunes while firing up the oven and waiting for the bread to rise!

ClimbHi
Pittsburgh, PA

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hushnel

Hey Mike good to meet ya. I used to work at South Park and was a Good Humor Icecream man in Mount Lebanon. Graduated from Bethel Park and went to Pitt. for a few years.

Nothing like a little ukulele while the bread rises.

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ClimbHi

That kept driving past my house playing that annoying "music" full blast 3 times a day! Sheesh!

ClimbHi
Pittsburgh, PA