Hello Fellow Bread Lovers
I'm an American who's been living in England these past 4 (5 in October) years. I'm a lifelong bread lover and began baking it myself about two years ago.
I began with a simple off-the-shelf bread mix, and once I saw how easy it could be I instantly switched to full-blown flour-yeast-water recipes.
I prefer yeast which needs re-activation, as I find I get a more elastic dough (instant yeast lately has been causing my dough to tear too easily...at least I think it's the yeast as that's all I changed to correct the issue!) but have never tried 'fresh' yeast. I don't use a bread machine, just my huge stainless steel Ikea bowl and my own two hands...but I'm not opposed bread machines either. I figure any way you can get 'real' bread to your plate is a good way...provided it lasts long enough to touch your plate to begin with!
I've recently gotten a bit more daring with my loaf-shaping, and have abandoned (not permanently!) my loaf tins. I've been practicing my hand-formed loaves and they're beginning to look rather respectable. Picture attachd for your critiques!
Hope to spend lots of time here when not dutifully husbanding and fathering!