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Are you joining us for the Handmade Loaf Adventure?

Absolutely! Can't wait to get going! (Even if I don't do *every* bread)
9 (69.2%)
Thinking about it... Not totally decided yet.
3 (23.1%)
Sorry, I'm gonna step out for this one. But I'll visit and cheer you on!
1 (7.7%)
No, this book just doesn't do it for me.
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 13

Voting closed: February 28, 2012, 04:52:45 PM

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Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« on: January 21, 2012, 01:42:04 AM »
Now that we've had an opportunity to select from a nice array of possible books and have pointed to Dan Lepards' THE HANDMADE LOAF (a.k.a. "The Art of Handmade Bread" in North America), let's take a poll to see how many people will be joining us on this next journey.

(All registered members can vote and can change their vote any time before the poll closes Feb 20th.)

Here's a chance for all you silent bakers in the background to jump in, right as we get planning for this next group bake/challenge/adventure. We will, of course, want to see a fairly good number of people interested in order to make the project worthwhile. So anyone who's interested, please "put up your hand" and let us know we can (likely) see you baking along.

Aside from your vote above, if you have additional comments, questions or ideas to add before we get down to firing up a fresh forum and start getting the details down (like, how many breads per month or what order to put them in, etc.) please feel free to add a comment.

As of right now, I'm looking at firing this new venture up in April, with most of the preliminary stuff getting done between now and then. I have to take into consideration that I'll be in France as of March 2nd to attend the 2012 Europain World Bread Exhibition, so getting much off the ground right away isn't really possible. But we could still hash out some of the more basic details ahead of time. And if I happen to meet Mr Lepard while I'm there (my baking teacher, Mr Barnett, has said we'll most likely meet Mr Hamelman and Reinhart, in any case) I'll try to chat him up on this project.

For now though, I am looking to see how many current Mellow Bakers (active or just silent visitors) we can expect to see for the new project.

And while we're at it, ANY IDEAS or volunteers to help spread the word (all you great bread bloggers, let's get the word out, even if you aren't personally getting in on this) are greatly appreciated. Don't be shy! Remember: I'm just the dude with the web space, this is OUR project and everyone plays a part in it's success.

So, let's have a show of hands, shall we?
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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 01:09:59 AM »
My mother would also join this HML venture. She's an awesome baker and was very excited when I told her about it. Just have to get her to sign up to the forum.

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 07:14:20 AM »
:hmm: For those still pondering...

Just got my copy of The Handmade Loaf (well, The Art of handmade Bread here in North America) and I'm finding it a great read.

Peppered generously with gorgeous photos (taken by Dan himself), it's written in a casual style and is much more accessible than Hamelman's more academic feel. Compare, if you will, the "background" pages: in Bread, Hamelman takes 100 pages to explain in great detail the technical aspects of many parts of the bread making process. Lepard covers this side of things much more casually, throwing in a few recipes for simple breads and does it in a dozen or so pages. Although Hamelman wins hands down on offering invaluable, detailed info, Lepard maintains a more relaxed feel while getting the basic gist across without making your head spin.

I've not baked anything from the book quite yet - as you may know, my home oven is crap and completely unreliable (I rent, can't replace it) and we're switching sections from bread to pastry at school this week so I can't even test recipes there - but from all reports they are excellent and easy to follow and make. And again, there's the pictures, very inspiring. Yes, it's bread porn.

So I would appeal to all fellow breadheads to consider jumping on board here if for no other reason than to have a reason to get this gorgeous book.

If you need to order a copy (mine was just $14 CND, this is CHEAP!) please go here and click the appropriate image link for your area. Whether you decide to jump into the next Group Book Bake or no, this is one you should have on your bread book shelf.

Of course, it would be extra awesome if you did decide to join us...  pompom
We're looking at an April start so plenty of time to order your book and do a test bread or two ahead of the game.

Paul
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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 05:46:09 AM »
I might join in with a couple that I haven't done ... I don't know which category that would be though  :doh:
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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 10:32:36 AM »
Hello. My name is Misky.  :hi there: 
Where possible I hope to join in, schedule permitting. I have the book, and I've baked most of recipes, but there are some that I wouldn't mind repeating within a group for the experience. Look forward to it.

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 01:02:53 PM »
I've written a post for you today on my blog  ;D 

Edit: I received this comment this evening from

David Whitehouse, Business Manager for Dan Lepard and Editor, Short & Sweet

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Ther Mellow Bakers people interested in the Handmade Loaf project may have contacted Dan already on Twitter but would you like to give them my email address, so that they can talk to me about their plans and I can pass on anything Dan would like to say ?



Edit : I've moved myself over to the 'I'm in!' category and I'll join in as and when I have time  :D



« Last Edit: February 03, 2012, 02:13:44 AM by Zeb »
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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 09:17:15 PM »
Paul and friends:

I am. HUGE fan of The Handmade Loaf in particular, and Dan Lepard in general, so I will definitely try to join whenever I am able to.  I baked already quite a few breads from the book, some recipes I blogged about, but many I didn t.

I assume the general rules will apply here too, no recipes published in a public forum, correct?


I had hoped to join the Short and Sweet Twitter fiesta, but every week it seemed I could not quite do the assigned recipe.

Maybe in April life will be easier.  (yeah, right....)

anyway, I am up to give it a try!


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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 12:24:56 AM »
Zeb:

Thanks for passing that on, I had not contacted Dan about this (yet) and I presume David is the normal liaison for him. I'll be in touch with him soon.

You're a doll... pompom

Misky:

First: WELCOME to Mellow Bakers!

That's the cool thing with Mellow Bakers: you can join in at any time, skip the latest set of breads if your schedule/life dictates, go back and do "old" loaves from previous sets when it works better for you, do loaves you have already done again... It's completely flexible! The group may proceed following a certain plan, but individual members can tag along as it best suits them. So jump in!

I've slightly modified the poll responses so those who can't commit to every single bread (that is me, too!) aren't feeling like it's an "all or nothing" situation. That wouldn't be Mellow. So if the new poll choice suits you better, feel free to change it. (That too is Mellow!)

I'll have the new Handmade Loaf forum set up over the weekend (bit busy this week with baking school mid-terms) so as of next week, there'll be an official place for Mellow Bakers: Handmade Loaf members can join up and we can discuss how we'll move forward with that book.

Sally:

Hi! Yes, I expect the general process will be the same as here: we pick some random breads (I will do a breakdown) and roll them out on a regular schedule, people do what they want, when they want. So yeah, same Mellow process. We'll get going in April once I'm back from Paris (oo la la!) on our school trip in March and attending the Europain 2012 exhibition, just as a spectator, mind you. But I'm looking forward to visiting lots of bakeries and we even have a couple of visits booked for Belgium to check out places like Callebaut. I can't wait to see Paris again!

Glad to know you'll join us for this next venture!
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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 01:49:19 AM »
Zeb: thanks so much for sharing it
All: would love to join in - have the handmade loaf and made my second sourdough from it (first was from 'old ways of cooking are the best'!) - and haven't progressed all that much from there.  Also keen to do some from hamelman, though I suspect that's on another part of the forum. Will scuttle off to find it... Am a bread baking novice!

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 02:21:06 AM »
Thank you for the welcome, and many thanks for the name change. I'd decided not to make a fuss about it but I am indeed quite happy to see it changed.  :thumbup:

 Misky

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 11:12:57 AM »
Hi, I have two questions
Is the Handmade Loaf the same as the Art of Handmade Loaf?
Are all the recipes sourdough?
I looked in previous posts to find what the book recipes are, but coudn't find it anymore.

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2012, 05:37:46 PM »
Hi Naomi,

Yes, 'the handmade loaf' is the same book as 'the art of handmade bread'. I think that it's called 'the art of handmade bread' if the edition you buy comes from North America. I got mine in Australia and it's called 'the handmade loaf'.

Second, the book includes a mix of sourdough and other sorts of breads. There are lots and lots of recipes. Many of them are sourdough, many include both starter and some commercial yeast, and others only have yeast. Some are more like cakes and flatbreads. So there's lots of choice! If you google the book you will probably find a table of contents somewhere.

Cheers, Jacqueline

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 09:32:04 PM »
Zeb: thanks so much for sharing it
All: would love to join in - have the handmade loaf and made my second sourdough from it (first was from 'old ways of cooking are the best'!) - and haven't progressed all that much from there.  Also keen to do some from


hamelman, though I suspect that's on another part of the forum. Will scuttle off to find it... Am a bread baking novice!

Hi and welcome!

I think you'll find The Handmade Loaf a somewhat more accessible book than Hamelman's if for no other reason than the photography is helpful - its good to actually see the bread you're aiming for. Hamelman's is somwhat more technical in nature although, as most can attest who went through Round One, it's still a great book to work from.

Feel free to join either effort, either way you'll end up learning lots and improve your bread baking skill immensely.

The Handmade Loaf Adventure will get started at around the same time as Hamelman, Round Two: April. The new forum space for Handmade Loaf should be accessible over the weekend.
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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 02:17:38 AM »
Just a quickie to Naomi

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Are all the recipes sourdough?
I looked in previous posts to find what the book recipes are, but coudn't find it anymore.

There is a mixture of sourdough, yeast, and breads which use both in the book. We could maybe talk about adapting the sourdough ones to yeast only and vice versa if people want to bake the recipes but don't have a sourdough up and running, or only want to use sourdough. They won't be the same of course, but it is a useful skill to have and means that people have access to the inspiration that the recipes offer in terms of ingredients and methods. I know several people who always convert everything to sourdough only, extending their proving times and getting great results.
Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

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Re: Handmade Loaf: Let's count hands!
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 03:24:48 AM »
Thanks for the information.

So if I want the recipes to be in cups, should I get the UK edition? Or the US edition? And in grams?

I'm still doubting if to do the second round of BREAD (I joined in rather late and haven't made most of the breads) or do this new book. It sounds exciting to do the new book, but also: I don't want to fill my house with yet another cookbook...