Howzit from South Africa
I'm a complete newbie bread baker. Been baking for a about month now, and absolutely enjoying every minute of it. Its kind of taken over my life really. Havent bought any store-bought bread for 4 weeks.I live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and thankfully there is a great stone ground flour mill close-by that supplies me with really nice flour.
My equipment is fairly rudimentry - a few big bowls, a wooden spoon, a wooden table, some serious elbow grease, a serated knife and a conventional oven with a single baking sheet (and a vuvuzela used as a funnel to pour water into my steaming pan at the bottom of my oven!). Not the epitome of a great bakers kitchen, but it works for now. I would love an big outside wood-fired oven, but that will have to wait for now.
Anyways just wanted to make my presence known, hope everyone had a great weekend and that some great breads were enjoyed :)
Here is picture of one of my first loaves I baked. (unfortunately theres no crumb shot, but I'll try get a few this upcoming weekend). Hope to learn as much as I can on this forum and keep on improving.