Originally Posted by Shooter45
Joe, everytime you make a post, I gain a few pounds.
The bread always looks awesome.
Were you ever in the baking business ?
If not, where did you learn.
Inquiring minds want to know.
Thanks for the compliment, Shooter45. As a teenager I worked in an Italian deli making donuts at Oh-by God early every Saturday and Sunday mornings, but that was the extent of any sort of training in a bakery. It wasn't until five years ago that I baked my first loaf of bread, and that was out of necessity. My MIL died and my wife and her sisters decided to maintain the holiday gatherings of Christmas eve and Easter brunch, and to move the gatherings between their homes, The first time it was our turn to host Easter brunch, we planned the meal and I asked my wife to query her sisters as to who was bringing the homemade bread that their mother always made for Easter (old fashion white bread and cinnamon bread). Neither admitted to knowing how to make the bread, and my wife certainly never allowed dough get stuck to her fingers, so the ball was back in our court, and if we were going to have homemade bread for 18 people on Easter morning, it was up to me.. Long story short, the Internet was my teacher. Bread websites, food websites and the best resource, IMHO, was YouTube videos. I learned how to knead dough by hand by watching older ethnic ladies work dough like a masseuse on a fat broad (sorry to the fat broads). After that it was a lot of trial and error to learn what worked and what didn't. I have learned a lot about bread baking in five quick years, and I have put many of my recipes on my website at www.flyfishohio.us
. I make about 150 loaves of bread each year, which uses about 1-1/2# of instant yeast (1# of yeast makes about 90-100 loaves of bread).
Try out some of my recipes, and when you taste that first loaf of homemade bread, you'll be hard pressed to ever buy a loaf of store-bought bread. The no-knead bread
is the easiest to make, and the best in flavor. If you have a covered pot and an oven, you can make no-knead bread