Beth and I have been reading the Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book cover to cover in an effort to improve our bread. I know whole wheat does not have to mean dense brick! But how to do it.. . . ah there's the rub. So yesterday we decided to try and do her walk-thru-a-loaf together to see how things went. The results were much better but I'm still dreaming of the day I achieve the "oven spring" --sign of a true baker.
Until then the bread is less of a brick and hey, my kids'll eat it.
I do miss the bread of Theresa in gravagna the most. . . . . so for now we do what we can in our own little kitchen.