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How I Discovered Bread Baking for Beginners
One day, while perusing the Instagram world (and likely from my guilty pleasure of watching The Office reruns), I stumbled upon Jenna Fischer’s instagram. In her Instagram stories, she was trying to make bread. I was hooked. She did a couple loaves and then shared that she was using the Bread Baking for Beginners book.
I was obsessed with watching how her breads would turn out. She took wet and sticky doughs and turned them into some delicious looing breads. She first did easy ones and eventually graduated to Sourdough, ending with the Alchemy Bread Advanced Sourdough, the last recipe in the book. It was fascinating to me.
One day while walking around the mall, I stopped at the Amazon Books store. Bonnie’s book was there! I bought it and started reading it. The first chapter is foundational knowledge about baking bread. There is actually more science than I realized that is involved in bread baking.
Book Review and My Results
I tried baking my first white loaf. Great taste, even though it sunk a little in the middle. Bonnie’s book includes troubleshooting tips, which is so helpful as you reflect on what could be done differently. That’s not always something you find in traditional “cookbooks.” Bonnie includes FAQ’s about what could have affected your bread baking.
What I loved most about baking my own bread was that I knew EXACTLY what ingredients were in my bread – water, yeast, flour, and salt. I was hooked. I have a goal to make the Advanced Sourdough by end of summer, though it’s likely I will make it before summer even starts.
I have not bought a loaf of store bread since. Here is a picture of my first attempt at Sourdough – It was SO TASTY.
The book really is for beginners and the recipes build upon each other in technique. The output is usually the same – something delicious for you and your family to enjoy.
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Are you a bread maker? Have you read and tried Bonnie’s book?
Follow me on instagram to see my bread baking adventures – usually in my stories. (You can follow Jenna and Bonnie too). Following Bonnie on Instagram has been so helpful. Recently, she’s been doing lives and answering questions and giving tips to all of us new beginners.
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I am thankful for good bread,