Paul, January 21, 2012
With Jeffrey Hamelman’s wonderful “Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes” now completed, the Mellow Bakers have chosen to set their collective sights on Dan Lepard’s highly praised book, The Handmade Loaf available from Amazon UK here. Elsewhere, it is available as “The Art of Handmade Bread” and in Spain, a translated version titled “Hecho a Mano“.
With over 80 bread recipes in this book, we are looking forward to a great variety of new challenges each month as we proceed through The Handmade Loaf, baking as many loaves as each member feels is warranted for their personal situation. Bake as many – or as few – of each month’s selected breads as you think makes sense for your household. The group name “Mellow Bakers” is not accidental. We strive to keep the group baking process as user-friendly as possible, so there really are no expectations or requirements to join in. All you need is the book, a desire to make a variety of bread and sharing the results with your fellow Mellow Bakers. Having a blog to show off your baking results is a bonus but not required, the forum platform lets you post and, if you have them, upload your own photos.
The main goal is to build up our skills as we attempt breads we might not otherwise have given a try to and to share our baking experiences with fellow bread heads. No matter where you feel you are on the bread baking path, we welcome everyone old-time bread heads and brand new novices. If you’re just starting out, this is a fine way to get a lot of bread experience under your belt in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. Old hands will appreciate the variety and challenge of making loaves they might have otherwise passed over.
Dan Lepard, author of The Handmade Loaf, is an accomplished photographer and award-winning baker and writer who has worked for great chefs all over the world. His latest book is Short and Sweet, a compilation of over 200 various recipes. He is also the writer of a regular column, “How to Bake” in the UK’s The Guardian newspaper. He also has a popular website, DanLepard.com with recipes, reviews, a blog and an active forum.
If you’d like to join us as we bake our way through The Handmade Loaf, hop on over to MellowBakers.com and check us out! Jump in (and out) at any point, too – we aren’t limiting this group to only those who start baking from the beginning or agree to do the entire book; that just wouldn’t be Mellow!
The group bake is slated to start in April, 2012 although we’ll be discussing some of the details ahead of that so everyone’s input is more than welcome.
We look forward to seeing you!