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I have been buying bread but have decided to go back to baking my own. Firstly for flavour and then for something to keep me busy. This morning I made 2 small loaves, 12 croissants and a share and tear loaf which is topped with cheese and cumin seeds. Smells so good in here.

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I can't smell it - but it looks good.
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It all looks fantastic, June! I love baking but I'd have scoffed that lot in minutes flat, so I don't do it very often. I'm a bit jealous!
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It looks very tempting, June. Did you use a mixer or a breadmaker, or do it the hard way?
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That all looks scrummy, love the smell of baking bread.
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Spreckly wrote:It looks very tempting, June. Did you use a mixer or a breadmaker, or do it the hard way?

I mix by hand which I find very theraputic and I don't find it hard even though I have arthritis in my hand.
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I would find it too difficult now, with my hands, June, but well done you!
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Do you make the criossant dough by hand as well June? I wouldn't know where to start. They look delicious!
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KarenE wrote:Do you make the criossant dough by hand as well June? I wouldn't know where to start. They look delicious!

Yes, all by hand. I used to have a bread maker but I still preferred my own. As I have a problem standing for long, I mix in a very large bowl on my lap until it feels right and finish off on the work surface to give it that extra knead and stretch. Seems to work for me.
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Looks absolutely delicious and you really cannot beat the taste and smell of home baked bread.

Well done for not using a bread maker. I find mixing by hand so much better, especially when it comes to knowing how much water to add. With a mixer you throw thing in and hope for the best. When kneading by hand get to know if the dough feels right and can add a little more water our flour out doesn't feel quite right.
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Nicely done! I've made bread for a while now but had to stop as my hands could no longer cope with it. Bread maker - I could never get it to work right. Now I have a mixer and I love it. I stopped baking anything at all for ages as I just couldn't work the dough. The kneading hook saves me a step!

I bake my bread in a Dutch oven, which I really like. The process isn't quite like making sourdough, but close-ish; it sits for 24 hours and the yeast develops a bit. I never got the hang of sourdough, feeding it daily was something I would systematically forget to do.

Anyone else do sourdough?
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