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Old 06-22-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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Beginner Bread

I originally posted this in the wrong forum. I'm hoping the old post can be deleted.
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I tried making Sourdough in college (most people try drugs, I try sourdough) and it never really turned out well. 4 years out and I am thinking I want to get into bread baking again. I'd like to approach it again but this time starting with an easier white bread, moving into sourdough, then moving onto other types of bread. Can someone suggest a good blog/website/book/recipe for starting on baking bread?

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Old 06-22-2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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My suggestion would be, as you said, become familiar with baking regular white bread first, then after making half a dozen loaves or so and you feel comfortable with your abilities, try a loaf of sourdough. Above all, have fun! Even if a loaf doesn't turn out, it's not a financial disaster... just a learning experience.

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Old 06-22-2010, 08:11 PM   #3
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And the majority of loaves that perhaps "don't turn out" perfectly, can still make wonderful homemade bread crumbs to use in other things!
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if ya give yourself the boost & the go-ahead, you'll be great! delve into bread-making!
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:10 PM   #5
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My suggestion would be, as you said, become familiar with baking regular white bread first, then after making half a dozen loaves or so and you feel comfortable with your abilities, try a loaf of sourdough. Above all, have fun! Even if a loaf doesn't turn out, it's not a financial disaster... just a learning experience.

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Sourdough Home - All About Sour

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Looks like good web sites but the bread101 site is ugly :)

I'm hoping to give this recipe a try in the next week or two. Work gets in the way of such pursuits.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:23 PM   #6
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Are you using/do you have a KitchenAid mixer? Because I've been using the recipes in the booklet that came with mine (about 16 years ago) & they make fabulous bread! And I was a bread-making first-timer when I first tried them.

The French Bread (baguettes) & the Cinnamon-Raisen Bread are real crowd pleasers around here.
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I do not have a KitchenAid mixer. It is something I wouldn't mind. However, I don't have the space for one at this time so I am doing anything requiring a mixer by hand. When I get more space in another house, I'll probably have one.

Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Looks like good web sites but the bread101 site is ugly :)...
Yeah, I agree!!!! It has solid information but it's as ugly as sin!!!

Unfortunately, my two favorite sites for baking info are pay sites. That's why I didn't mention them.
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If I get some time I may offer to help them redesign their bread 101 site.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:00 PM   #10
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I do not have a KitchenAid mixer. It is something I wouldn't mind. However, I don't have the space for one at this time so I am doing anything requiring a mixer by hand. When I get more space in another house, I'll probably have one.

Thanks for the suggestion though.
I didn't have space for one either, then I bought one and made space. Ifn' you can swing one price wise get the mixer. Seriously.
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