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9 months 4 weeks ago #641811 by JaneK

GaryA wrote: Nope, easy as pie.  Good bread is pretty easy.  Great bread is hard.  Bread takes time to rise ... but flatbread takes nearly no time at all. Plus you can load up flatbread like a pizza, with artichoke hearts and peppers and it is absolutely delish.  Just Google up some recipes, slip into an apron and go.  If you bake the bread in an open oven, be sure to insert a small open container of water with the bread.  If you use a Dutch Oven, sprinkle the bread with water prior to baking. 


I shall do that!  Any tips on a good tasty bread for a beginner to make? 


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9 months 4 weeks ago #641814 by GaryA

Glen Mosley wrote: Interesting, so can you cook that in normal oven?


Yes, Gary cooks his bread in a normal oven but usually in a Dutch Oven as opposed to a bread pan. 

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641816 by GaryA

JaneK wrote:

GaryA wrote: Nope, easy as pie.  Good bread is pretty easy.  Great bread is hard.  Bread takes time to rise ... but flatbread takes nearly no time at all. Plus you can load up flatbread like a pizza, with artichoke hearts and peppers and it is absolutely delish.  Just Google up some recipes, slip into an apron and go.  If you bake the bread in an open oven, be sure to insert a small open container of water with the bread.  If you use a Dutch Oven, sprinkle the bread with water prior to baking. 


I shall do that!  Any tips on a good tasty bread for a beginner to make? 


Gary uses an instant read cooking thermometer as opposed to temp & time.  When the bread hits 180F it's done. Gary usually follows a recipe precisely the first time out.  Then he starts messing with it the next time around.  Gary tends to make changes incrementally. Gary tosses tons of stuff into his breads from herbs to cheeses to peppers, et al.  

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641843 by Stanly
How long will freshly baked bread stay good to eat? 

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641847 by GaryA

Stanly wrote: How long will freshly baked bread stay good to eat? 


That sorta depends on how it is stored, but usually three to five days (tops). 

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641857 by Colorado Mike
You can freeze that though right?  My mother has been making fresh bread for years.  No store bread can ever come close.  Plus I just love how her house smells right after the bread was pulled from the oven.  


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9 months 3 weeks ago #641858 by GaryA
Freezing works.  It will extend the bread's freshness into weeks. (Gary would rather eat it.)

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641866 by GaryA
Yesterday Mary Lou and Gary attended the musical Singing in the Rain.  OMG ... it was soooo great, pure entertainment, hours of singing, dancing ... six stars out of five.  A few weeks ago, prior to opening night, the theatre had a showing of the movie along and a Q&A session with Gene Kelly’s last wife.  If it comes to a playhouse near year, see it.  The production included the Singing in the Rain number with actually “rain”.  Just a great, fun time.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641873 by EOS Man
How often are you making bread? 

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641878 by GaryA

EOS Man wrote: How often are you making bread? 


A couple times a month.

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641887 by Alvin Pignotti
I would love to make bread, however I have a tough time  keeping off the weight from all the pasta we eat in my household!  My wife makes fresh pasta, which as you may know is 100% better than store bought.  


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9 months 3 weeks ago #641897 by JaneK

GaryA wrote:

JaneK wrote:

GaryA wrote: Nope, easy as pie.  Good bread is pretty easy.  Great bread is hard.  Bread takes time to rise ... but flatbread takes nearly no time at all. Plus you can load up flatbread like a pizza, with artichoke hearts and peppers and it is absolutely delish.  Just Google up some recipes, slip into an apron and go.  If you bake the bread in an open oven, be sure to insert a small open container of water with the bread.  If you use a Dutch Oven, sprinkle the bread with water prior to baking. 


I shall do that!  Any tips on a good tasty bread for a beginner to make? 


Gary uses an instant read cooking thermometer as opposed to temp & time.  When the bread hits 180F it's done. Gary usually follows a recipe precisely the first time out.  Then he starts messing with it the next time around.  Gary tends to make changes incrementally. Gary tosses tons of stuff into his breads from herbs to cheeses to peppers, et al.  


Tell Gary that I appreciate his advice and tips! Can you ask Gary if there are any hard learned lessons from his experience making bread?


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9 months 3 weeks ago #641903 by GaryA

Alvin Pignotti wrote: I would love to make bread, however I have a tough time  keeping off the weight from all the pasta we eat in my household!  My wife makes fresh pasta, which as you may know is 100% better than store bought.  


Gary has also made pasta.  Bread just seems some more universal as a food.  Weight is always a problem for us 'normal' people.  :cheer:

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9 months 3 weeks ago #641924 by Ian Stone
Reading this thread now has me itching for some good Italian food for dinner!  


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9 months 3 weeks ago #642020 by Ian Stone
Hey speaking of making stuff, anyone try making homemade sausages? 


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