What channel is Bread TV on?
January 1, 2018 4:37 PM   Subscribe

I'd really like to learn more about bread and how to make bread. Looking for both the scientific explanations and the more intuitive approaches.

The key though, is I want to watch this on TV. For example, I really enjoy the Great British Bake-Off, but they don't make bread very often. I really enjoyed the bread episode of Michael Pollan's Cooked on Netflix. Are there more shows, documentaries, etc., like that?

I want all sorts of bread - sourdough, rolls, pizza, cinnamon bread, yeast, quick bread, etc.

I have access to Comcast OnDemand, Netflix, and Amazon. I can also pull up YouTube stuff on my Roku, but strongly prefer this information in a more entertainment-style show format than a straight instructional video. Alton Brown style shows are awesome as well. If Serious Eats had a television show, that is what I'd want.

So, any suggestions for where I can find the Great British Bread Baking Championships?* Or, barring that, can you point me to shows, documentaries, episodes of shows I'd like?

*Fictional as far as I know, but if this exists, please point me to it!
posted by hydra77 to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
King Arthur Flour's videos might be what you're looking for.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:19 PM on January 1, 2018 [2 favorites]

My parents are obsessed with Father Dominic, the bread monk, on PBS.
posted by valeries at 6:07 PM on January 1, 2018 [3 favorites]

Mark Bittman on No-Knead Bread

Julia Child making bread on The French Chef

Fairly random search result for Saffron Bread video by Greg Patent

More bread baking on youtube
posted by bunderful at 6:45 PM on January 1, 2018

I've made the brioche from this video, and it was tasty.
posted by Zalzidrax at 8:36 PM on January 1, 2018

If you haven't already, check out TheFreshLoaf.com. They're a wealth of knowledge of all things bread.

Posting this question on the forums might yield interesting results. Plus, I think there's a few videos on there, though I'm not sure where.
posted by LOLAttorney2009 at 9:07 PM on January 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

I learned how to make bread first by using this recipe from the Hillbilly Housewife. It's a fine basic bread, uses common ingredients, and is great to practice with.

Cooks Illustrated has a simple bread recipe that explains how the recipe works, but you'll have to sign up for a free trial to get the actual recipe. I'd just read the explanation to get a brief primer on variations on basic bread. I have their baker's cookbook, and it has a lot of good explanation, too.

And here's a really simple recipe for banana bread:

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

I like to wrap it in foil after it's cooled just a little bit so the steam will soften the crust and make it really chewy and moist. It's awesome.
posted by malthusan at 9:51 PM on January 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

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