Hi...new bread baker
In the recent rising prices, mom and I decided to start baking our bread at home. She knows how to make standard breads and adjust it empirically. I spend more time baking brownies and cookies and desserts. In terms of bread books, we had an all Betty Crocker Breads (from which I tried english muffins which came out quite nice and Egg Bagels which were...well...they got kinda squingy/shrivelled when I boiled them but they tasted okay...just well eggy of course).
Reading through my books I discovered their limitations and realized that I'd have to get...well better bread books especially if we're baking all our bread or as much as possible. So I caved and bought (well it doesn't take much persuasion to buy a cookbook...just money) Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice and Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible (and her other bibles too...:-D)
And my first attempts from BBA were the marble rye bread
And I finished making his bagels today and they were awesome! They just tasted great and chewy. And we all think we've never had proper bagels, even such good tasting ones. I'm sold! Tho it may seem tedious to me right now (3+ days for a bread), I'm going to try to make my way through the WHOLE BOOK! Yay! I can't wait. I haven't uploaded any pictures yet.
Anywayz, nice to meet you all!