Experience The Accomplishment of Baking Your
Would You Like to
Learn How to Bake Bread?
by Jan Kovarik
if you have never baked bread
before, I can just about guarantee that your
very first loaf out of the oven will be
so mouth-watering that you’ll amaze
yourself (not to mention family and
Up until 1990, I’d never made a single thing that called for
yeast. In fact, if a recipe did include yeast, I avoided it
LIKE THE PLAGUE! I’ve never been a “Donna Reed” homemaker and
I’ve been told that I don’t “cook,” I merely “prepare” things
to eat. So, when an unusual gift of a cup of Sourdough Starter
came my way, I was at a total loss. However, the friend who
shared the starter with me had a delightfully documented family
history about the origins of the starter and how her family had
“kept it alive” down through seven generations. Who was I to
say “Thanks” and then take it home and pour it down the
Luckily, I was acquainted with a diploma’d gourmet cook and
I turned to her for help. Sourdough Starter in hand and a
recipe that dated back to the mid-1800s, I spent one wonderful
Saturday in her kitchen learning the art of making homemade
bread. When my first loaf came out of the oven, I stood there
in disbelief! (And then, we tore it open and slathered it with
butter and ate the WHOLE THING!)
OK, so enough about all this, let’s get on with getting you
started. First, this is not a recipe for bread machines. I
don’t own one. My only “bread machine” is a large crock mixing
bowl, a big wooden spoon, a 31-year-old pastry cloth (a bridal
shower gift from my mother), and my two hands. If you are
looking for bread machine recipes, then search the Web---you’ll
find oodles! I make bread by hand, from scratch, for the
relaxation and personal satisfaction it brings me. So beware,
you’ll be getting your hands right into the dough! If this
isn’t for you, then by all means, pass it by (or give it to a
friend who might like to make bread by hand).
This article may inspire you to
bake your own delicious bread. Just
be careful not to eat too much if
you're on a diet!
Now you are going to need the Sourdough Starter. Please
visit http://www.janktheproofer.com/SourdoughBread/JansDough.htm. This
web page will take you to my easy-to-follow recipes for both
the starter and Basic Sourdough Bread---and lots and lots of
I suggest that you print the recipes for both the starter
and the bread. You should know up front that it’s going to take
about 10 days to “grow” your first batch of starter (I’d love
to share a cup of it with you, but technology hasn’t quite
mastered the art of sending material objects via cyber-space!).
Once you get started, you can email me directly (using the
email address found on the recipe pages) if you have any
questions. I’ll be happy to hold you hand while you create your
first batch of homemade Sourdough Bread!
Oh, one thing, though…better be sure to have a tub of butter
handy! You’re not going to be able to resist it…
About The Author
Jan K., The Proofer is freelance proofreader and copyeditor.
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