Once you’ve found the recipe, bought the flour and yeast and assembled the necessary tools for bread baking, you may wonder “Now what?”
The topics in this section will help you understand the more process or informational aspects of baking bread. Here are the answers to the question “What does the author mean by that?” or “How do I do that?” The answer can be as simple as “Mise en Place means to have all the things you’ll need out on the counter, measured and ready to use.” or as complex as how to figure the hydration of a dough or scale a recipe to half the published size. Along the way, there are sequences of pictures showing how to fold dough, use the fountain method (a personal favorite, even though it can get messy. Maybe because it’s messy?) and shape some different loaves.