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New to Bread Baking? My First Loaf.

With people needing to stay at home, learning to bake bread has grown in popularity. Traffic to this site is up over 40 fold.

Bread type is based on what causes it to rise (leaven agent). The most popular is yeast. The other type is a soda bread using some form of baking soda and an acid. The easiest bread to make is a soda bread. It is ready in under an hour and is yummy right out of the oven. A good first recipe for beginners is "Quick and Easy Soda Bread."

A nice first recipe for yeast bread is "My First Challah." "Oatmeal Bread" is also easy to make, and has a wonderful taste and body.

Out of yeast, how about growing your own sourdough starter? "How to Make Sourdough Starter," then "First Sourdough Recipe."

"Batter Up." Pancakes and waffles are soda breads with a high ratio of fluid-to-dry ingredients, forming a batter rather than a dough. Baking with batter has several attractions for me. Start-to-eat is often as short as 15 minutes. Two basic recipes include "Simple Milk Pancakes" and "Simple Milk Waffle."

Enjoy On Bread Alone.

Baker Rich

Rich Helms spent a career in computer research and development. He attacks his baking from the angle of a researcher, creating structure in the recipes. "It is how I think and work.” Rich is a commercially trained coffee roaster and baker.


  1. Kay April 15, 2020

    Dear Mr. Helms, during my long hours of quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic, I started baking bread. I’ve read websites and blogs and cook books. But time and again, I return to On Bread Alone. Thank you. You are sustaining me during these dark times. I hope you and Margaret are both well.

    • Rich April 15, 2020


      How very nice of you to say this. My wife and I have been baking and cooking like mad during this.

      Margaret died last Oct. In Dec we got Linda Rose. Margaret was almost 12. Linda Rose is our humour relief. She is like a toddler that never grows up.

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