One of my goals this year was to attempt different types of breads in the hopes that I will get better at it. I’m finding that making bread is relaxing and satisfying. The house smells good and I feel like I really did something worthwhile.
Anyway, I actually just started to use King Arthur’s bread flour instead of all-purpose flour and I really like the way things are turning out. Since I’m just getting started I lack many of the neat things I read about (stand mixer, baking stone, clay pot, scale, etc.) that seem like they would really turn out nice bread. Right now I do it all by hand.
Attached are a couple of pictures of my latest endeavors. One was French bread type of loaf and the other was a sweet darker type of bread with whole wheat. Both turned out tasting good but had odd shapes. The whole-wheat loaf was a little denser than I had hoped and didn’t seem to rise much. I used the same flour and yeast for both and the French loaf really turned out well so I’m not sure what happened?
I would love to hear your bread tips, types of breads you like to make, recipes, essential bread must haves, and really anything that would help me along the way to better bread making.