... and I love baking bread. Good, proper, real bread that is. Bread that you can get your teeth into and enjoy. Bread that can stand on its own as part of a meal, instead of just being a bland carrier for your sandwich filling. Don't get me wrong, I do like a white loaf as much as the next person, but only really when it's home made using four basic ingredients, instead of 11 ingredients and chemicals such as those found in your standard supermarket loaf.
As you can tell, I'm passionate about bread and have been for a long time. I grew up in Namibia in a German family and as you might know, the Germans like proper hearty bread packed with grains, seeds and goodness. My family was no different. So when I moved to the UK in 2007 (my heart followed a lovely English lady who is now my wife) I longed for the bread that I was so used to. But all that I could find was the crustless soft supermarket bread. So I did what any person in my situation would do - I baked my own bread.
Wow! Didn't that loaf taste great! Since then I have been on a mission to bake bread almost every day. Over the years I have experimented with different flours, grains, yeasts (wild and commercial), loaf tins, proving baskets and free-form loaves etc. Don't get me wrong, not every loaf was great. Some weren't even edible. I had some real disasters ranging from burnt crusts to loaves flatter than a pancake, and let's not forget the Pumpernickel of 2011 which had an effort to reward ratio of 100:1.
So whilst I'm not a professionally trained baker, I have gained a lot of knowledge through experience so that I've perfected the art of baking real bread at home.
I know that my baking is good because I cater regularly at public and private events where my breads always receive excellent feedback.
My passion for bread is also matched by my passion for baking equipment, which is why in 2012 I founded the bread baking equipment site QuiverTreeBaking.com .
What else can I say?
Bread is my life!