Why We Knead This

December 2, 2006 @ 6:34 pm | Filed under:

My daughter Jane is eleven, and she wanted to learn how to bake bread. I posted about it on my homeschooling blog, and the advice and recipes came rolling in.  So we gave it a try. And another, and another. We are loving the experience, both of us. We would bake every day if we could. We’re beginning to think maybe we can—every other day, at least.

I wanted a place to collect links and recipes, a place to record what we’re learning. It’s off topic for my other blogs, and anyway I wanted an informal, unpolished place to jot down notes. So that’s what this space is for, and if you’ve ventured in for a peek, I most eagerly encourage you to jump into the discussion. We are novices, and we’re hoping to learn a great deal from wiser and more experienced bakers. I have a zillion questions. This blog is my attempt to collect all the answers in one place.


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    Jeanne says:

    My early breadmaking was helped along a lot by the La Leche League cookbook, Whole Foods for the Whole Family, which has what it calls a “key bread recipe,” with explanations of how it can be adapted many ways. The rest of the cookbook is great too.
    http://store.llli.org/books/product/131

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    Domenico Bettinelli says:

    Melissa, I’ve just got into breadmaking myself recently.
    Here’s a recipe that might be interesting, especially as a food science lesson for kids. It’s for a no-knead bread that’s so easy they claim an eight-year-old can do it.
    Here’s a link to the recipe:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?ex=1165381200&en=e49f70733b2a9550&ei=5070
    and a link to a video produced by the New York Times by the columnist who walks through the steps with the professional baker who came up with the recipe.
    http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=35eac03d90314ffed6a0c0ae143ab87b1474fb89&rf=bm

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    Mary Beth P says:

    Great new blog! I also need advice. I’ve made some really good loaves, and not so good ones, in the past couple of weeks.
    Do Pretzels count as bread? We tried some last week, but they didn’t turn out too well. Anyone got a good recipe?

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    Fe says:

    I will definitely be bookmarking this blog!
    I got into regular breadmaking last year, but then it fell by the wayside when I was pregnant. I’m starting to get to the point where I can once again start to think about regular cooking, so it’ll be good to follow your efforts as well:-)