So, if there’s anyone still out there reading this blog (hello? hello?), you may wonder where I’ve gone for so long. Well, let me tell you: I was going to do a Christmas post, but then I got sidetracked by the hustle and bustle of Christmas time. Then the new year came, and I was back in the jobhunting game, sending out application after application. I baked a few things, hell, I even photographed some of them, but I never got around to writing them up.
And yet, after much adieu, we’re back… and with good news. I have been hired on at a bakery here in the Twin Cities focusing on artisan bread and delicious pastries. I was lucky enough to find some amazing bakers that are willing to teach me the ways of production baking. I know that the learning curve may be steep, and the expectations will be high, but I have to say, I’m extremely excited to start work this coming week. I have finally accomplished exactly what my goal was at the beginning of this very blog–to learn enough about the science and technique of baking to have someone take a chance and hire me.
So, my mind is back on this beautiful art, and that means that you will be seeing more of me in the near future. Perhaps I will go more in the direction of pastry, an area where I am still extremely green. I hope you will bear will me, as this blog is my blank slate and my classroom. I will continue to post recipes and techniques, and so I hope that you will be able to learn and grow with me.
Let me give you a small taste of what I have planned for the future of this blog: My first plans are to create a comprehensive guide to all of the methods of kneading dough for the home baker. I have noticed that a good deal of you find you way here by typing some version of “how to knead dough” into a search engine, and I would like to have that information here for those that need it. I will also do some holiday posts, especially for Easter. I would like to incorporate some bakery reviews and anecdotes, focusing on artisan bakeshops in and around the Twin Cities.
I hope you check back in a few days for the dough kneading guide and more!