My friend Laurie at Common Sense Homesteading sent me one of her bread books to review
I already make some of our bread, and I STILL learned some new things and found some new recipes to try.
Thumbs up on this one!
A Spiral Bound option is available. That almost needs no explanation right?!? This book lies flat on the counter when you need it to lie flat.
This bread book starts out with a troubleshooting section. Many problems have solutions and Laurie covers them all.
This discusses tools and equipment, types of yeast, temperatures and then describes specific characteristics. Bread turns out like a brick?…. check out pg 11. Dough looks good but the bread flops in the oven?…. check out pg 13.
I was particularly interested in the sourdough bread section. Laurie gives directions on how to create your own sourdough starter and a basic bread recipe to use with it.
High Altitude was another section that was pertinent to me. I never knew that it is a good idea to shorten my rise time. High altitude can cause breads to fall quicker.
Recipes include many many different types of breads. From Beer Bread, to Sandwich Bread, to french toast, cornbread and more. Popovers, Crackers, Kolache (I'd never even heard of Kolache… it is a Czech word for cookie!)
She also includes Freezing and Storage Tips for Baked Bread.
I would highly recommend this for anyone new to bread baking as a confidence building book that will get you started.
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