Hi folks, Mr. Hey Big Splendor here. Over the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably seen lots of people starting to bake homemade bread. It is an extremely gratifying hobby. Not only can you make delicious bread, but it also makes your home smell amazing! I bake our bread every week and it’s amazing how much this simple act adds to our table. Want to give it a try? Here are a few of things I recommend to get started baking bread.

Round loaves of sourdough bread baked using this guide

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This book is simply fantastic. Ken explains the science of baking bread in a simple, easy to understand way.  The bread recipes I’ve made are out of this world, and once you try the pizza crust, you will never order take out again.


Finding yeast at the store can be a little challenging. This is a large pack.  If kept in a container in your fridge, this should last you quite a while.


The proofing baskets are optional, but I love them.  They add a beautiful pattern to the top of the bread. Honestly, why not make your bread a little extra?!


A cast iron dutch oven is one of the most versatile cooking tools you can have.  Honestly, if I could only have one cooking vessel, this would be it. It is perfect for bread because it holds on to heat and distributes it evenly.  Your oven alone does not which is why you hear it go on and off during cooking.

That’s everything you need to get started with my Simple Homemade Bread recipe.

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