How to Be a Breadhead: a beginner’s guide to baking
A “Breadhead” is a dedicated baker, someone who bakes often, who thinks and dreams about bread and is not afraid to experiment. In this new book by Fr. Dominic (“The Bread Monk” of public television fame), you’ll learn more than just basic techniques---you’ll find out why yeast behaves the way it does, how to substitute different flours in a recipe, and how to take a simple dough and make it extraordinary for a special occasion. Starting with tools of the trade (you need less than you think), Fr. Dom takes you through the baby steps of baking all the way to beautiful loaves that will amaze and delight your family and friends. Special attention is paid to kneading (a stumbling block for many beginning bakers) and simple shaping techniques that can make your loaves look terrific. You’ll find braided loaves, flatbreads, pretzel bread and bagels, dinner rolls that look like roses, butterfly-shaped breakfast treats, and a muffin recipe that uses a secret ingredient: melted ice cream! And all in Fr. Dom’s funny and friendly style of instruction, with helpful photos and illustrations.
Now I just have to write a book that looks like that---no pressure.