The Yeast Beast
May 19, 2010 6:38 AM Subscribe
Tell me everything you know about baking your own bread.
posted by mippy to Food & Drink (50 answers total) 94 users marked this as a favorite
I want to start cooking more and relying less on convenience foods, and one thing I'd love to do is make my own bread - partly because it would be handy to have the ingredients sat and waiting for when I need them rather than needing to plan a trip to the supermarket, partly because I love the stuff, partly because it seems a very basic food to start making and will help me reconnect with making food at home, partly because I've just moved away from a local farmer's market that did the best focaccia. I'd like to start making bread by hand, in my oven. I've made bread from bread mixes before - but is it better to mix my own from scratch? Can I make 'speciality' bread as easily as a cottage loaf, or is there a learning curve? (I know tiger bread is very, very hard to make at home.) Do I need a silicone or a metal tin? Does anyone really need a dough whisk? Any recommended recipies or books?