It’s currently trending on social media platforms as the COVID-19 pandemic and isolation are turning people to the joys of baking. Check out Twitter or Instagram and you’ll see plenty of posts tagged with #QuarantineBaking or #StressBaking, along with pictures of baked goods from across the spectrum.
Head to the supermarket at the moment and you’ll find that bread is a hot commodity, a section that’s almost consistently empty. Getting your usual loaf has become something of a mission; you’re lucky if you happen to get hold of one. With that said, home backing has seen a surge in popularity.
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If you’re looking to take the plunge and set off on a new baking adventure, we’ve rounded up a few indispensible web resources that will guide you along the way. Once you start making your own bread and find a rhythm, we guarantee you’ll never look back!
A comprehensive website-cum blog that’s filled to the brim with text and video tutorials, Breadtopia contains everything you’ll need to begin baking. Here you’ll find the A to Z of the bake world, from supplies and tools to classic recipes, sourdough tutorials and a vast archive of articles that help demystify what many believe is an intimidating way to prepare food.
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Head to the forum if you have questions that need desperate answers, and make sure to check out the blog part of the site for a deep dive into any number of topics; scoring techniques, ‘temperature’ as in ingredient, and long vs. short fermentation times.
Created by software engineer-turned-baker Maurizio Leo, The Perfect Loaf is a tribute to everything sourdough. If working with wild yeast is something you’ve been wanting to try but are too scared to try, this is the site for you.
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Highly organised with extremely well-written content (and gorgeous photography), Leo includes meticulous guides, tips, tricks, and a huge amount of detailed information on his website. He’s also very active in answering questions – just leave your query in the comment section and expect a reply within a day or two.
“If I’m not baking sourdough, I’m probably thinking about it – always searching for the perfect loaf,” he says in his ‘About’, and that shows.
Known as ‘the front page of the internet’, Reddit is a news aggregation website comprising thousands of different sub-categories, with users able to submit content and ‘upvote’ and ‘downvote’ it. Breadit is subreddit devoted to home baking and is constantly updated with new content. It has almost 300,000 readers, and at any one time there are nearly 1,000 online currently posting or reading content.
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Join the discussion threads (which is perfect for a good laugh as well) to post a comment or question. Other subreddits dedicated to bread include ArtisanBread, Sourdough, and BreadStapledToTrees – for some off-kilter content.
A blog style website filled with rustic recipes, you’ll find really beautiful looking bread here with clear and concise instructions on how to bake it. Most of the recipes don’t contain a long preamble like you’ll find on many cooking websites, which is great if you want to jump right in.
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If you’re looking to get inspired, Girl Meets Rye is a great source. With its minimalist design and eye-catching pictures, you’ll find yourself wanting to try recipes after just a few minutes of browsing.
So what are you waiting for? Get yourself some flour, yeast, a bowl or two and get a loaf going. You’ll find it’s not actually as daunting as it seems, and the satisfaction of biting into your own freshly baked bread is pure bliss.