Now in its third year, #BreadChat™ is the monthly Twitter discussion hour for bakers of yeasted, artisanal breads. During #BreadChat, we broaden and deepen our knowledge about bread baking, expose ourselves to new concepts, and network with fellow bread bakers around the world.

Next #BreadChat: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 2-3pm Chicago time. That's 20:00 London time, 21:00 in Berlin, 22:00 in Helsinki. See start and end times in your timezone.

Topic for November 2014: Bread stenciling.

Add to the #BreadChat pinboard: To inspire, we're gathering photos of your breads' stenciling on the Bread Stenciling pinboard. To join the board and add your photos:

  1. If you haven't done so already, create a Pinterest account.
  2. Follow BreadStorm on Pinterest.
  3. BreadStorm will follow you back and invite you to pin on the Bread Stenciling board.
  4. Pin photos of your own stencliled loaves to the Bread Stenciling board.
  5. Be sure to caption each of your pins. Tell us, for example, about the technique(s) you used to stencil your loaves, what inspired the design, what you feel worked well, and/or what was a challenge.

Topic for November 2014: Bread stenciling.

Add to the #BreadChat pinboard: To inspire, we're gathering photos of your breads' stenciling on the Bread Stenciling pinboard. To join the board and add your photos:

  1. If you haven't done so already, create a Pinterest account.
  2. Follow BreadStorm on Pinterest.
  3. BreadStorm will follow you back and invite you to pin on the Bread Stenciling board.
  4. Pin photos of your own stencliled loaves to the Bread Stenciling board.
  5. Be sure to caption each of your pins. Tell us, for example, about the technique(s) you used to stencil your loaves, what inspired the design, what you feel worked well, and/or what was a challenge.

Moderator

Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers

@AmateurBakers

Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers

A group of avid, amateur bread bakers who get together each month in Chicago, USA.

Moderator

Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers

@AmateurBakers

Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers

A group of avid, amateur bread bakers who get together each month in Chicago, USA.

Sponsor

BreadStorm™ logo

@BreadStormBaker

Bread Formulation Software

The BreadStorm team in Chicago, USA maintain the #BreadChat webpage.

Sponsor

BreadStorm™ logo

@BreadStormBaker

Bread Formulation Software

The BreadStorm team in Chicago, USA maintain the #BreadChat webpage.

The #BreadChat Co-hosts

Master Baker Eric Duhamel

@EricFrenchBaker

Eric Duhamel

Master Baker at Daylesford Organic, Gloucestershire, UK.

Master Baker Eric Duhamel

@EricFrenchBaker

Eric Duhamel

Master Baker at Daylesford Organic, Gloucestershire, UK.

Master Baker Eric Duhamel

@EricFrenchBaker

Eric Duhamel

Master Baker at Daylesford Organic, Gloucestershire, UK.

Sonya Hundal

@MortalGreenWhim

Sonya Hundal

Owner of the small bakery Greenfield Bakers, Friskney, UK.

Sonya Hundal

@MortalGreenWhim

Sonya Hundal

Owner of the small bakery Greenfield Bakers, Friskney, UK.

Sonya Hundal

@MortalGreenWhim

Sonya Hundal

Owner of the small bakery Greenfield Bakers, Friskney, UK.

Jarkko Laine

@jalaine

Jarkko Laine

Editor and publisher of Bread Magazine, and home bread baker in Vantaa, Finland.

Jarkko Laine

@jalaine

Jarkko Laine

Editor and publisher of Bread Magazine, and home bread baker in Vantaa, Finland.

Jarkko Laine

@jalaine

Jarkko Laine

Editor and publisher of Bread Magazine, and home bread baker in Vantaa, Finland.

Dado Colussi

@BreadStormBaker

Dado Colussi

Co-creator of BreadStorm and co-organizer of Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers, Chicago, USA.

Dado Colussi

@BreadStormBaker

Dado Colussi

Co-creator of BreadStorm and co-organizer of Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers, Chicago, USA.

Dado Colussi

@BreadStormBaker

Dado Colussi

Co-creator of BreadStorm and co-organizer of Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers, Chicago, USA.

Moderator

Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers

@AmateurBakers

Chicago Amateur Bread Bakers

A group of avid, amateur bread bakers who get together each month in Chicago, USA.

Sponsor

BreadStorm™ logo

@BreadStormBaker

Bread Formulation Software

The BreadStorm team in Chicago, USA maintain the #BreadChat webpage.

Format & How-to

What are we #BreadChat-ing about?

During #BreadChat, @AmateurBakers lead the discussion through three questions related to yeasted bread baking, centered around a selected topic.

Format of #BreadChat:

The #BreadChat hour consists of 5 minutes for bread bakers to join the chat and say hello, 40 minutes to discuss three featured questions, and 15 minutes of open discussion. @AmateurBakers is the moderator and has the responsibility to keep the chat organized and on-topic. #BreadChat participants are required to mark each of their tweets with the hashtag #BreadChat + the question number (for example, Q1, Q2, or Q3) to which they reply.

How to join the chat:

If you haven't done so already, create a Twitter account. Once you're logged into Twitter, click on #Discover, and then search for the hashtag #BreadChat. A hashtag is any word with a hash (#) in front of it. Hashtags make Twitter discussions easy to find and follow.

Suggest a #BreadChat question or topic:

To suggest a discussion topic for a future #BreadChat, or ask a question related to this month's discussion topic, please email breadchat@amateurbakers.org, or tweet to @AmateurBakers.

Bread-related announcements to share?

Tweet announcements to #BreadChat moderator @AmateurBakers or email them to breadchat@amateurbakers.org.

@AmateurBakers tweet out bread-related announcements at the beginning and end of #BreadChat.

#BreadChat-ers Say…

#BreadChat-ers Say…

@BreadStormBaker Thanks again to all the team. #BreadChat is so valuable: ideas, insights, stimulus, #breadfriends; all for better bread.

Chris Stafferton @ChrisStafferton
October 15, 2014

#BreadChat @AmateurBakers Thanks! As usual funny, informative and broadening my baking mind!

PowerDough @DoughPower
August 20, 2014

@BreadStormBaker @tiaingle @AmateurBakers #BreadChat For me in baguette dough winter is 0.33% (instant), now at 0.20%.

David Norman @doughpuncher
August 20, 2014

If you enjoyed #BREADWEEK on #GBBO then have a peep at the #BreadChat tweeps.

Caroline @CarolineDNS1990
August 20, 2014

Feeling inspired by tonight's #BreadChat so it's on with the poolish and starter for an early start.

Andrew @drewfromthefrew
March 19, 2014

Blimey, that hour flew past quickly! Thanks all for an inspiring and interesting #BreadChat Can't wait for my second one! #newbie

... by jake @makebyjake
March 19, 2014

@makebyjake @Zeb_Bakes make sure you look at the Pinterest boards for #BreadChat Inspiring.

Sonya Hundal @MortalGreenWhim
March 19, 2014

@Hugo_Harrison Hand shaping is the art of the trade but I'm not against moulders at all. It saves your bones when you shape many. #BreadChat

Eric Duhamel @EricFrenchBaker
March 19, 2014

#BreadChat Q1: Pre-shaping gives you one more chance to add strength to the dough before shaping it. Rest in-between prevents ripping.

Jarkko Laine @jalaine
March 19, 2014

@BreadStormBaker You are doing good things in cyberbaking. I recommend #BreadChat to all my Artisan #realbread students.

Simon Thomas @realArtisan
March 17, 2014

I love all these #microbakery photos on the #BreadChat Pinterest board! http://www.pinterest...

Jarkko Laine @jalaine
February 26, 2014

How have I only just now discovered #BreadChat ! http://www.breadstorm...

Cathy Thomas @welshcathy
February 20, 2014

A special #ff to @BreadStormBaker lovely folk (who ask for permission to pin photos) and share and organize #breadchat :)

Joanna @Zeb_Bakes
January 14, 2014

@AmateurBakers Q1 : Ascorbic acid reinforces the gluten net but oxidates other components, like fatty acids, flavonoid and others. #BreadChat

Eric Duhamel @EricFrenchBaker
December 18, 2013

As an experiment I tried adding ascorbic acid to my bread. Absolutely not needed. Not with good quality flour. #BreadChat

Brian McGowan @Irish_Bri
December 18, 2013

Hope everyone loves new #BreadChat page as much as we do http://www.breadstorm.
com/breadchat.html Many thanks to @BreadStormBaker team for creating it for us!

Hope everyone loves new #BreadChat page as much as we do http://www.breadstorm.com/breadchat.html Many thanks to @BreadStormBaker team for creating it for us!

ChicagoAmateurBakers @AmateurBakers
December 18, 2013

The new #BreadChat web site is beautiful! Check it out, and don't forget to come and chat with @AmateurBakers

Jarkko Laine @jalaine
December 16, 2013

@MammaMiaPhoenix #BreadChat is the place to be! Discussing baking #RealBread. I just rejected 2 phone calls while engrossed here!

Emily Jewett @EmilyJewett
November 20, 2013

@AmateurBakers @BreadStormBaker @EricFrenchBaker thanks so much. Again a simple sounding topic leads to some fascinating areas #BreadChat

Sonya Hundal @MortalGreenWhim
November 20, 2013

#breadchat is trending right now. We 'loaf' this hashtag!…

Epicure Selections @homeofepicure
November 20, 2013

@AmateurBakers thank you, can't believe it's been a month already. Enjoyed last month's #breadchat. Looking forward to today

MessyBaker @Messy_Baker
October 16, 2013

…I heartily recommend #BreadChat to aspiring bakers of #realbread. Always interesting.

Simon Thomas @realArtisan
October 15, 2013

@AmateurBakers @BertinetKitchen & @BreadMatters what an amazing line up for #breadchat Awesome! looking forward to a #sourdough breadfest:-

Tim Kirk @EpiMicrobakery
September 18, 2013

Do love #breadchat. Spotted tweeps fr. UK, USA, Finland, Spain, Ireland, South Africa… any I missed?

Real Bread Campaign @RealBread
September 18, 2013

History

History

The #BreadChat backstory:

#BreadChat was begun by @AmateurBakers in February 2012, to bring bread bakers from around the world together to network and inspire one another to learn and grow in the bread-baking craft. Read the #BreadChat backstory in the April 2013 issue of Bread Magazine.

Previous guest co-hosts

July 2014 #BreadChat on "Bread Pairings," and August 2014 #BreadChat on "Using as Little Yeast as Necessary:"

David Norman, Head Dough Puncher at Easy Tiger in Austin, Texas, USA.

David Norman @doughpuncher
Head Doughpuncher at Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden (@EasyTigerATX), in Austin, Texas, USA.

David Norman, Head Dough Puncher at Easy Tiger in Austin, Texas, USA.

David Norman @doughpuncher
Head Doughpuncher at Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden (@EasyTigerATX), in Austin, Texas, USA.

February 2014 #BreadChat on "All about micro-bakeries:"

Dr. Karin Anderson

Dr. Karin Anderson @Hanseata
Owner of the home-based micro-bakery Karin's Bäckerei in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA and author of the blog Brot & Bread.

Dr. Karin Anderson

Dr. Karin Anderson @Hanseata
Owner of the home-based micro-bakery Karin's Bäckerei in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA and author of the blog Brot & Bread.

Hitchin Bakehouse

Nick Boggon @hitchinbread
Co-owner with Johannah Boggon of their home-based micro-bakery, Hitchin Bakehouse, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK.

Hitchin Bakehouse

Nick Boggon @hitchinbread
Co-owner with Johannah Boggon of their home-based micro-bakery, Hitchin Bakehouse, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK.

Helen McGougan

Helen McGougan @HelsBakehouse
Owner of micro-bakery Hels' Bakehouse in Blanefield, just north of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Helen McGougan

Helen McGougan @HelsBakehouse
Owner of micro-bakery Hels' Bakehouse in Blanefield, just north of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Fabuloaf

Lisa Bevan @Fabuloaf
Owner of the home-based micro-bakery named Fabuloaf in Surbiton, Greater London, UK and a Bread Angel.

Fabuloaf

Lisa Bevan @Fabuloaf
Owner of the home-based micro-bakery named Fabuloaf in Surbiton, Greater London, UK and a Bread Angel.

Bakergirl

Sarah Jeffery and Sharon Tomkinson @BakergirlLtd
Bakergirl began as a home-based micro-bakery in 2013, selling artisan breads to local villagers in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, UK.

Bakergirl

Sarah Jeffery and Sharon Tomkinson @BakergirlLtd
Bakergirl began as a home-based micro-bakery in 2013, selling artisan breads to local villagers in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, UK.

September 2013 #BreadChat on "Sourdough:"

Richard Bertinet @BertinetKitchen
Owner of The Bertinet Kitchen bakery and cookery school and author of the books Crust, Dough, and Cook and Pastry. Tweeting from Bath, UK.

Richard Bertinet @BertinetKitchen
Owner of The Bertinet Kitchen bakery and cookery school and author of the books Crust, Dough, and Cook and Pastry. Tweeting from Bath, UK.

Duncan Glendinning @thoughtfulbread
Founder of The Thoughtful Bread Company. Tweeting from Bath, UK.

Duncan Glendinning @thoughtfulbread
Founder of The Thoughtful Bread Company. Tweeting from Bath, UK.

Andrew Whitley @BreadMatters
Co-founder of the Real Bread Campaign, author of the book Bread Matters, and founder of the Village Bakery Melmerby in 1976. Tweeting from Macbiehill, Lamancha, Scotland.

Andrew Whitley @BreadMatters
Co-founder of the Real Bread Campaign, author of the book Bread Matters, and founder of the Village Bakery Melmerby in 1976. Tweeting from Macbiehill, Lamancha, Scotland.

August 2013 #BreadChat on "Flour variables of interest to the miller—and to the bread baker:"

Nicky Giusto @CentralMilling
Fourth-generation miller and bread baker at Central Milling. Tweeting from California, USA.

Nicky Giusto @CentralMilling
Fourth-generation miller and bread baker at Central Milling. Tweeting from California, USA.

Jennifer Lapidus @Carolina_Ground
Miller and founder of Carolina Ground L3C, a bakers' owned co-op mill. Tweeting from North Carolina, USA.

Jennifer Lapidus @Carolina_Ground
Miller and founder of Carolina Ground L3C, a bakers' owned co-op mill. Tweeting from North Carolina, USA.

Previous co-host

Paulo Sebastião @floursaltwater
Apprentice bread baker at Söderbergs Bageriet. Tweeting from Stockholm, Sweden.

Paulo Sebastião @floursaltwater
Apprentice bread baker at Söderbergs Bageriet. Tweeting from Stockholm, Sweden.

Transcripts/Pinboards

Transcripts/Pinboards

October 2014: Tangzhong roux.

August 2014: Using as Little Yeast as Necessary.

July 2014: Bread Pairings.

Pinterest board:

Follow BreadStorm Software's board Bread Pairings #BreadChat on Pinterest.

June 2014: Bassinage.

May 2014: Crumb.

Pinterest board:

Follow BreadStorm Software's board Crumb #BreadChat on Pinterest.

March 2014: Shaping and braiding.

Accompanying Pinterest board:

Follow BreadStorm Software's board Shaping/Braiding #BreadChat on Pinterest.

February 2014: All about micro-bakeries.

Accompanying Pinterest board:

Follow BreadStorm Software's board Micro-bakers #BreadChat on Pinterest.

January 2014: Scoring and slashing techniques and tools.

Accompanying Pinterest board:

Follow BreadStorm Software's board Scoring/Slashing #BreadChat on Pinterest.

December 2013: What's so bad about bread improvers?

November 2013: The Effect Sugar Has on Our Loaves.

October 2013: Thinking About Temperature When Mixing, Fermenting, and Proofing.

September 2013: Sourdough. (In collaboration with the UK's Real Bread Campaign.)

August 2013: Flour variables of interest to the miller—and to the bread baker.

June 2013: Baking Bread with Rye.

May 2013: Role of Steam in Bread Baking.

April 2013: Wood-fired breads.

March 2013: Breads that are boiled or fried.

February 2013: Various types of yeast.

Older #BreadChat transcripts are posted on The Fresh Loaf:

January 2013: Adding large amounts of butter to bread dough.

November 2012: Pre-ferments.

October 2012: Techniques for developing bread formulas.

September 2012: "Hydration neutrality" and soakers.

August 2012: How to tell when loaves are perfectly proofed.

July 2012: Bread formulas.

June 2012: Schedules for wild yeast cultures.

May 2012: The path from amateur baker to professional.

April 2012: Ingredients that interfere with gluten development.

March 2012.

February 2012.

Many thanks to The Fresh Loaf for hosting the first year of transcripts, and to #SeedChat for inspiring the #BreadChat project.


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