Feb 29, 2008

French Bread-Daring Bakers

You probably can't tell from the photo..heehee..but the challenge this month is French Bread.. only mine looks like little French piggies...but I love my little French piggies!!! I was really excited when I saw this month's challenge. As much as I love to bake desserts, I always enjoy baking bread. Even though this recipe is very time consuming, it's really worth it!! I have already made this bread twice!!

The first time I used the Kitchen Aid..but the second time I kneaded the dough myself. I have to say I enjoy kneading much more than watching the dough hook swirl!! The bread came out great. I think I still need to work on the shaping part, but the taste was great!!

This recipe is 14 pages long, so I'm going to direct you to Breadchick for the recipe. She added a lot of great tips for bread baking success. I must've read the recipe 10 times before starting the first time. If you're going to attempt this recipe, I suggest you watch this video of Julia Child baking French bread with Danielle Forestier.

I really recommend this recipe to anyone who want to make their own bread. It's really rewarding. Although it is time consuming, most of it is wait time, not active time. The first time I made the bread, I had a rubik's cube to keep me company. The funny thing is when the bread was ready to come out of the oven...so was my rubik's cube!! I don't know what I was more proud of!


Suzana said...

oh lovely bread! Congratulations on a the DBs challenge.

Do try the epi if you bake French bread again, it's not difficult really. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great looking loaves! Very well done!



CB said...

Your loaves look lovely! I laughed about the rubix cube! haha. Great job! :)

Jaime said...

those loaves are beautiful! and what a great way to pass the time, than with a rubik's cube :)

marion - il en faut peu pour ... said...

well done !!!!!
I also looked at the danièle Forestier's video to help me in technique, it's fantastically educational :)
Good job for the rubix as well :))))

L Vanel said...

Great looking bread! Kudos to you!

i shot the chef said...

Perfect browning and slashing! Nice job all around. :) - Candace

Jenny said...

Ha, I think challenges should always be accompanied by puzzles, just for kicks. I love your little piggies!

breadchick said...

Great job on both the bread and the cube.

Thanks for baking with Sara and I

Brilynn said...

I'm not sure which to congratulate you on, the bread or the rubix cube!? Well done on both accounts!

Deborah said...

Great job on this challenge!!

the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

such sweet plump little loaves--congratulations!


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