I must say this is the most info on bread I have ever seen!!
I have "played" with bread baking most of my adult life - not telling how long that is - LOL!!! Even wore out a few (gasp) Zojirushi makers.
For the past 18 months, I have been grinding my own grain and baking all of our bread. I just recently stripped a KA 600 Pro. It is being sent off to the KA hospital and will be used for light-duty work only, when it returns. I was very fortunate to have some FF miles that were about to expire and used those to order a Bosch Universal Plus with the Stainless Steel "Dough Bowl". I hope I will like it and that it lives up to all the fantastic things I have heard about it. I will admit my "dream" mixer is a Hobart. I have 20 + years of grocery experience and we had 60 quart Hobart floor mixers. I honestly believe they would mix concrete if asked.
After over a year of home baked bread my family wouldn't know what to do with "store-bought" - yech - neither would I.
I have mostly just used the recipe that came with the KA and modified that to include whole grains. It makes a very nice loaf but, I am ready to try some different breads. I have severe arthritis in my hands and wrists (currently in a cast) and I could not make bread without a mixer. I do take it out of the mixer a little soon sometimes just because I like the feel of the bread when kneading. I have several recent books by the big name bakers and will admit to not understanding much of it - that is why I am here - to learn!!!
The main reason I started baking was to try and replicate the pan-rolls the cooks baked when I was in high school - TDF!!!! Daughter attended the same high school and many of the same cooks were still there. I always got very excited when we would attend a school function as I knew I would get a pan roll!!! How sad is that:)
I am very happy to be here and am looking forward to learning lots from all of you!
Cathy Stoddard in Missouri