Really Good Bread
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
― James Beard
Bread has been a staple at the table for hundred's of years. The smell of bread fresh from the oven is empowering. In fact, fresh bread probably raises your levels of serotonin (regulates mood, appetite, memory...). Why? I'm guessing, but:
Great bread puts people in a better mood.
Just the smell of fresh bread increases one's appetite.
We always remember that last slice of fresh bread.
Although bread may do all those things, we don't get there until we know how to create a great loaf of bread. Great bread takes a few hours to make but the result is always worth the wait. Don't get discuraged and don't be overwhelmed. Once you understand how all the ingredients work together, you'll be baking great tasting loaves every time.
This site is dedicated to the principles and methods that will help you learn to make a great loaf of bread, time and time again.
Start with the basics and review how to get started, then move on to the links for Bread Science, Bread 101, Bread 202, and Sourdough / Natural Yeast. Each area teaches different but important principles and techniques that will help you learn the art of making great bread.
For now, breadeducation.com addresses pan or sandwich bread, not artisan bread. Artisan bread is a whole different school of thought and science, but also well worth learning as you increase your bread making skills.
So here we go - let's make a great loaf of bread!