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Poll: Have you ever baked your own bread?
  • 21.9% - Yes, I do that regularly 79
  • 54.2% - Yes, I did that a few times 195
  • 12.5% - No, but I'd love to try 45
  • 11.4% - No, and I'm not interested 41
360 votes

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ohlfahrt


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Ive found baking bread to be incredibly therapeutic throughout my life; I've been doing it for more than 60-years. Now, for the long periods of kneading I use our decades-old KitchenAid with its dough hook. But the forming of the loaves, that's always by hand. I get my best results using glass loaf pans. Never use all purpose flour. I do all my baking with lard as the shortening; butter goes on the finished product. Wine and fine music during the entire process is essential. I like a nice Cabernet coupled with Mozart.

otolith


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ohlfahrt wrote:Ive found baking bread to be incredibly therapeutic throughout my life; I've been doing it for more than 60-years. Now, for the long periods of kneading I use our decades-old KitchenAid with its dough hook. But the forming of the loaves, that's always by hand. I get my best results using glass loaf pans. Never use all purpose flour. I do all my baking with lard as the shortening; butter goes on the finished product. Wine and fine music during the entire process is essential. I like a nice Cabernet coupled with Mozart.



That sounds awesome!

I love making bread. This will definitely be a hobby when I get older.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
--John Muir

olperfesser


quality posts: 2 Private Messages olperfesser

I cheat, using a bread machine. At least two loaves a week. Very easy to make healthy, nutritious whole grain herbed breads. So much tastier than store bought.

moles1138


quality posts: 46 Private Messages moles1138

I cook. Oogie owns a dessert bakery. But neither of us has ever baked bread.

Marcusx70


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I used to make a Carolina Herb Sourdough bread that you could dip in Olive oil for parties. It was fun to experiment with different spices and herbs. As someone said, it is very therapeutic to do it.

daveinwarshington


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Used to make our own sourdough whole wheat bread.
It was too good...
We still have our stone grinder to make the whole wheat.
Using a mixer is cheating, you have to knead it by hand!
It seems like the 'starter' got a bit stronger over time. Yum!


ardubu


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olperfesser wrote:I cheat, using a bread machine. At least two loaves a week. Very easy to make healthy, nutritious whole grain herbed breads. So much tastier than store bought.



++1!
I just made some whole wheat Onion-garlic bread and Pretzels! Yum!

I understand why my cat is always 'kneading bread'!

Ah, the hell with it.

jawlz


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I had gotten into the habit of making bread once a week last year, but in January of this year I broke my wrist, and while I was recovering my wife decided to go on a low-carb diet, so the bread baking has ceased for the time being.

Which is kind of a shame, as the process of making the dough (mixing, kneading, letting rise, punching down, etc) was pleasant and somewhat meditative, albeit with long breaks during the rising periods.

programmerwino


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I used to experiment once in a while, but (since I live in the Chicago burbs) there's so much good bread on the market, and so many things to try, I usually just bought.

Then I got diagnosed with celiac disease, and had to go gluten free (bummer!). So now I bake most of my GF bread-- commercial GF bread is generally not very good and is very expensive. Fortunately I enjoy making yeast breads.

polarbear22


quality posts: 41 Private Messages polarbear22

We had a breadmaker. Enjoyed the fresh bread, but getting out the hook, etc. was a pain. We also got an Average Joe Artisan Bread Kit from Woot. Wonderful bread. Have to plan ahead, but now that I am retired, I can pull it off. Not that hard, and taste wonderful to have fresh bread.

bhodilee


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I had a yeast infection once. I feel that counts for something.

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