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3/21/13 2:14 P

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I am looking for a dense bread recipe that I can put different stuff in like apples cinnamon etc to use for French Toast. We get tired of the same thing every Sunday. Thought I would change it up a bit.

Slow but will get there!


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2/17/13 3:57 P

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Hey there! Sorry I haven't been blogging much--hubby had a heart attack followed by triple bypass surgery, so life is a little stressful. But I'm baking bread today, so life must be getting back to normal!

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2/10/13 1:10 A

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Bread making day at my house. I can no longer make bread by hand as I have a bad shoulder, comes with being a short (height-wise) professional cook. I have to extend my arm above shoulder height to stir big pots of soup and what not.

I was making 12 loaves of bread by hand before I had to stop. So I bought the biggest KitchenAid mixer I could afford. Of course now I could buy an even bigger one for less. Which might be an option, the head on my is getting wobbly because it has kneaded so much bread in it's life time that the screws on it are coming loose. Since it is out of warranty I just pull the top of the KA apart myself and tighten them. I got hubby's help the last time because he could tighten them more than I could. But still it came loose. So I am thinking of calling a repair shop and getting a quote on it. Or shop around for another, maybe a professional one instead. As now I have to make Multi-Grain Bread. I have a child diagnosed with ADD and complex carbs may help him. I am trying to prefect a recipe that I altered from a ex-boss's wife's friend's,100 year old White Bread Recipe.

I also have a bread machine, that hubby bought me after I got the mixer. But I have only used it a few times. I wasn't crazy about the thickness of the crust, and the shape of the loaf. And if I was going to pull it out and shape it into regular bread pans I may as well just save time and energy and use the KA mixer because I could do more loaves with it.

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2/9/13 4:38 P

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MISSG180- I signed up for emails from your blog.

This board is encouraging me to do bread again.
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1/8/12 11:16 P

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I made bagels a couple weeks ago from Peter Reinhart's "The Bread Baker's Apprentice." They were AMAZING. You definitely want to boil them; it's what really makes them bagels.

I have a food blog where I'm writing about my bread baking adventures. My entry about bagels is here: livinggraciously.wordpress.com/2011/
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1/8/12 10:55 P

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One of the books I got at the library has a recipe for bagels.. A must to check out if I do say so myself! With teenage boys in the house who emoticon bagels, this could be not only cost effective, but, healthier too.

Oh, I think hand kneading is meditative too.. sooo very relaxing..

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1/6/12 7:06 P

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It's totally worth it! I love handling dough by hand. Kneading is almost meditative.

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1/6/12 11:23 A

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I got a bread machine for our wedding shower about 2 years ago, and, having never made bread prior to it, this has been my only experience with bread baking. However, the machine has since stopped working, and I do miss my freshly made breads... I will definitely be trying out some "by hand" recipes soon!

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1/4/12 10:34 P

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Ciabatta is a bit further down the list. I'm looking forward to trying it!

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1/4/12 10:19 P

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I absolutely love crusty Italian bread.. I like to make ciabatta too..

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Yay for bread bakers! We just finished a lovely loaf of sourdough tonight. I've gotten so uused to baking this bread that I never even measure anymore. I am learning to make new ones, though, working my way through Peter Reinhart's "The Bread Baker's Apprentice." Lots of people have set a challenge for themselves to bake through the entire book, and there's lots of blogs out there by people who've done it.

What's your favorite kind of bread to bake?

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1/4/12 7:57 P

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I LOVE baking bread! I too like to knead the dough and refuse to buy a bread maker because of that. I like to get bread making books from the library..otherwise I'm afraid I'd spend a ton at the bookstore emoticon

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Thanks! Some of the breads are definitely of the "make and give away" unhealthy variety, but most of them are just variations on the basic 4 ingredients in breadmaking: flour, yeast, water and salt. It should be interesting!

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12/6/11 11:13 P

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Good luck, sounds like fun and challenging.

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I'm just embarking on a huge breadbaking undertaking, the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge. It's based on the book by Peter Reinhart and is 44 challenging artisan breads. The original Challenge folk recorded their successes and failures at pinchmysalt.com/the-bba-challenge/ , and I will be recorded mine at my food blog, livinggraciously.wordpress.com/

This should be fun, but a little crazy. I'm excited about increasing my skills!

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I love to bake bread, your right there is not much that is more rewarding. Tho my husband prefers the empty, fluffy loaves from the store. Sad but true, so I share with family members that love anything homemade. But, when I make Cinnamon or Raisin bread he doesn't want to share with anyone. I use a recipe called Country Fair Egg Bread and add raisins, cinnamon, or both. Wonderful bread every time.

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11/25/11 9:45 P

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I'm glad to help! Bread baking is incredibly rewarding. I'm still learning, and there's lots to try.

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11/25/11 9:39 P

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emoticon MISSG180 for the advice & the Links...I bookmarked them & I will give it a try. Those rolls you made for Thanksgiving look absolutely delicious, I will be trying my hand at making those for sure too. emoticon

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11/25/11 11:46 A

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I live in Nova Scotia Canada. Sobey's is a large chan grocery store.

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Singer, I am not familiar with Sobey's. Is that a bakery? Deli?

I made beautiful rolls for Thanksgiving dinner last night. It's funny to me that in all my years of making Thanksgiving meals, it never occured to me until this year that I could actually make the rolls instead of buying them from the store! They were (are! we have leftovers) delicious! And also a Fresh Loaf recipe: www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/butterm
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I will be making them again at Christmas, when we fly to California to my mother-in-law's (who is *awesome* - I have the best mother-in-law in the world).

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Well, I could recommend a couple really good books to you, but I also write a fair amount about bread baking in my blog, and the recipe that several people have reported to me has worked well as a first bread is here: https://livinggraciously.wordpress.com/201
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Another excellent resource is The Fresh Loaf, an amazingly thorough website devoted to bread baking. They have a whole set of breadmaking lessons here: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/lessons

I haven't used a bread machine in years. In fact, I don't even use a mixer because I love handling the bread.

Breadmaking is time consuming, but if you remember that you can easily spread it over two days by refrigerating the bread overnight during the rise--and the flavor of the bread will actually be improved by that slow rise, so you're not sacrificing anything by doing that!

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Hi ladies, I am not a bread maker but I would love to learn how. I bought a bread maker this year & after 5 different failed tries with this machine I got rid of it. How do I begin to make bread by scratch?

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11/24/11 12:56 P

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Hi there, I am a bread baker. I work at Sobey's and that is my job. It is nice to work at job that you love to do. Just wanted you to know that there are other bread bakers out here.

Good luck and enjoy.

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I am primarily a bread baker and think there's nothing that makes the house smell better than the aroma of freshly baked bread. Despite having a Kitchen Aid mixer, I always hand knead my breads because I love the feel of the dough changing under my hands.

I have a sourdough starter lovingly named Shelob ("she's hungry; she always needs...to feed"), who has children named Hal and Audrey and even has grandchildren!

Are there any others out there who know and love the joy of yeast? I'd love to share experiences with you!

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