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Sourdough Bread Makes a Great Gift

CAphyl's picture

Sourdough Bread Makes a Great Gift

Sorry I haven't posted for some time as I have been busy with the holidays and visiting family (they are still here!)  I did bake a number of loaves of bread as gifts for friends, and that seemed to go over well.

I will have to get back to more baking when I have the kitchen back to myself. Thanks for all the wonderful advice, guidance and support throughout this year.  I talk about my bread friends to my family and friends all the time.  You are all such inspirations and give me such great ideas.  I have so many breads on my list to bake in 2015, it is difficult to know where to start. For now, I've got to get going and make dinner!

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and all the best to everyone for a fantastic 2015.  I really look forward to your posts throughout the year.  Phyllis



Isand66's picture

Hope you had a great Christmas and have yourself a wonderful 2015.  It has been my pleasure to get to know you through this terrific forum and I look forward to reading more of your posts next year.


CAphyl's picture

I have really appreciated all of your great posts as well, and, as you know, have tried a few of your recipes.  I got one of the porridge breads right after a bit of first loaf challenge!  I have a couple of yours on my list for 2015.  Thanks for all of your encouragement and support--I really appreciate it.  Hope you enjoyed the holidays and all the best for a wonderful 2015.  Can't wait to see what you will be baking...Best,  Phyllis

dmsnyder's picture

If your friends did not appreciate your gorgeous breads, it would be time to get friends with better taste!



CAphyl's picture

David:  Thanks so much for all of your wonderful breads and very instructive posts.  I try to follow your lead in many of my bakes.  I totally stole your scoring technique and now I use it all the time.  I still have family visiting and may try your famous baguettes before they leave!  Hope you had a great holiday and have a very happy new year.  Look forward to your posts in 2015.  Best,  Phyllis

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Edo Bread

Nice post. I really enjoy seeing your bread and the passion you show in making it. Happy holidays and a happy new year full of great loaves!

CAphyl's picture

I am looking forward to trying some new recipes and returning to some old favorites in 2015.  I have been making a lot of classic sourdoughs, and I need to get out of my current rut. Thanks for your kind words and hope you have a wonderful 2015.  Best, Phyllis

bakingbadly's picture

Now that's a Christmas gift I can appreciate: Homemade breads, nothing beats that. :)

All the best in the upcoming New Years,


CAphyl's picture

I know you won't be posting as much, but try and update us when you can.  I wish you all the best in the New Year and every success in your growing business.  Best,  Phyllis

Janetcook's picture

Lucky friends.  I know your loaves are excellent and nothing beats a homemade gift in my book!

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing what you bake this coming new year - which I can't believe is upon us so soon.  Seems like it was just New Years a couple of months ago….time certainly does fly by.

Take Care,


CAphyl's picture

Hope you had a wonderful holiday.  It is amazing that this year is over.  Really looking forward to 2015 and seeing your posts as well. Happy New Year.  Best,  Phyllis


Carissima Phyllis,

se ti rimane qualcuno dei tuoi bellisimi pani, inviameli in Toscana, sarebbe un regalo strepitoso per  iniziare il nuovo anno.

Tanti cari auguri a te ed ai tuoi familiari per un 2015 pieno di buone cose.

Con simpatia, Anna

CAphyl's picture

Cara Anna: Grazie così tanto per le vostre parole gentili. Sarei molto felice di ricevere c'è ne dei vostri pani qui nella California. Gli ho detto che sono della discesa italiana?  Forse ecco perché amo il pane!  Nuovo anno felice.  Il la cosa,  Phyllis

varda's picture

and I'm sure much appreciated.   Terrific baking!  -Varda

CAphyl's picture

Look forward to your posts in 2015.  Hope you have a wonderful New Year.  Best, Phyllis

dabrownman's picture

Lucy loved your post and looks forward to seeing some great bread coming out of your multi-continental kitchens:-)

Happy baking in 2015

CAphyl's picture

dabrownman:  Thanks, as always, for your support and encouragement.  I am headed to the UK early in the year, so will revive my starter and get to it as soon as I can.  I'll try to get some baking done here in CA before I go. Hope you, Lucy and your family have a very happy new year.  I am sure you will have some wonderful posts for us in 2015!   I will continue to learn from you and enjoy all your wonderful cooking as well.  Best,  Phyllis

a_warming_trend's picture

Yes! Love the gift bag.