Sunday, December 15, 2019

My Bread Baking Story




The day I started cooking and Baking, I never imagined that I will ever bake my own Bread. Forget about having a bread baking story to share. Something that I never dreamed of, is a reality today.

Necessity is the mother of invention

My journey to baking started with the same note. The news that some cancer-causing chemical was found in Indian Bread was a bummer and an alarm in my head. I was concerned about the health of my family. Bread plays a significant role in our daily food. I think breakfast is generally incomplete in our house if we do not consume bread. I was concerned about what’s going in my child’s tummy. Finally decided to stop buying bread from the market and start baking at home.


A lot of people have played a crucial role in my bread baking story. I like reading food recipes and food-related articles. Watching cookery shows, specially MasterChef is my other hobby. I was heavily influenced by Chef Rakesh Sethi for my interest in baking. His famous cookery show “Tea Time” on “FoodFood” was my favorite past time.

While I was googling a fine day, I read a bread loaf recipe and found it to be an easy one. This excited me and I thought of giving it a try. This was the beginning of my journey to baking bread.

It was not an easy journey though, but patience and support of my family motivated me to stay persistent. Multiple failures in baking a perfect loaf made me think of quitting, but I did not want to prove myself a loser.

Knowledge brings answers to questions


The more I read about Bread, the more I fell in love with baking bread. Surfing different blogs and reading different recipes became my addiction. I finally reached King Arthur Blog that opened door to plethora of knowledge.

I met Pradeepa Nair on “Home Bakers Guild”. Her selfless support brought me closer to success. I read more detailed recipes on this facebook group. Reading comments from experts in the group made me aware of my mistakes.

I aligned my process, and finally got my perfect Bread loaf with my no-fail recipe. No matter how many loaves I have baked so far, still every time I feel as I am baking for the first time. Now I have started enjoying it. Baking works like a stress buster for me. We now eat Fresh, Healthy, Hygienic and Preservative-free products.

Few of my favorite recipes that I love and keep baking often are:

Whole Wheat Bread by Tangzhong Method
Semolina Bread with All-Purpose and Wheat Flour
Whole Wheat Bread by Tangzhong Method

Trust me! Once you start baking your own bread, there is no looking back to the market.

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  1. I just feel I am reading myself here. It IS an addiction isn’t it? How strange that a hobby can connect people so deeply. I can relate to each word you crafted above. Hooked onto this blog from past few days. All the best Sonia. Lots of Blessings and love from far away land 🙂 Keep inspiring many of us!


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Sonia Gupta

Baking Instructor & Food Blogger

I’m Sonia Gupta, and I am on my mission to transform home-makers into home-bakers. Baking is an essential skill that every mother must know so to avoid their children eating unhealthy market baked items. My goal is to help you learn a skill that will keep your children happy and healthy.

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