Lesson 1: Your First Loaf of Bread


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Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker Bread

By Josey Baker

Published 2014

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All right y’all, let’s get started. Don’t be a weenie; you have everything you need to do this. You don’t need any fancy anything—just flour, water, yeast, and salt. Basically you mix ’em up, rub ’em around in the bowl, leave it for a long time, then shape it into a log and stick it in a hot oven. What do you get? Your first loaf of delicious homebaked bread, that’s what.

BE PATIENT, YOUNG BAKER. Read through the entire lesson before you actually do anything. Trust me—it will make the whole thing easier and better.

PLAN AHEAD. Good bread takes time, and there’s just no way around it. You spend 10 minutes mixing up your bread dough on day one, and then leave the dough in the fridge for a few days before doing anything else. So plan ahead, and invite someone over for dinner this weekend.