February 29, 2008

julia child's french bread

yup, it's that time again. february was a pretty crazy month for me here in the land of undies. so much working, playing and laundry! oh, the laundry!!! so much laundry and other household stuffs in fact i almost missed this month's daring baker challenge- julia child's french bread. mmm, i love good bread. not so much making it, although derek and the kids love it when i make it for them. i just don't have the patience for the rising times and i hate getting my hands all gooey. thank goodness breadchick mary gave instructions for the mixer.
it's totally amazing that there's only 4 ingredients in this... flour, water, salt and yeast. it's also amazing that just 3 1/2 cups of flour can produce such a huge amount of bread dough!
i did end up kneading it a few times by hand just to make sure it was nice and smooth, as recommended. i was pleasantly surprised that it was so soft and springy and not sticky.
i thought i'd try to make really small batards, and a round loaf. the forming was very easy to do, and i loved the little pop of the yeast gas bubbles when i squeezed the seams closed. hehehe

i didn't have a "canvas" so used a clean tea towel dusted with flour. seemed to work fine as the dough didnt' stick to it. i also didn't have any cardboard (it was recycling day) or plywood, so i just used an extra cookie sheet to flip them over.

thanks to breadchick mary for this month's daring baker's challenge.


we didn't wait the 2 hours for the cooling time. like i said, i'm no good with waiting times! it tasted great with my turkey chilli!
sorry for the short post, but i'm sleepy and full of bread and chilli... check out what other daring bakers have done via the blogroll, and the full recipe can be found here.

14 comments:

Joy said...

Yum. Your bread looks great. I didn't wait for the cooling either. We're only human afterall and fresh bread smells too good to resist!

Ritsumei said...

Looks delicious to me! So far this recipe has defeated me (the story is here.) but I'm going to give it one last go today.

Marye said...

wow..yours looks perfect! So golden.
blessings,
marye
http://bakingdelights.com

~Amber~ said...

Your bread looks wonderful. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

Mary said...

Your bread looks really lovely! I'm very impressed.

Namratha said...

The bread looks great, lovely!

DawnsRecipes said...

Looks wonderful! The last photo almost looks like a little face..haha! Or maybe I've just been working too hard. =)

Chefhades said...

underpants go under your pants!

Jaime said...

great job! i'm not good at waiting, either.

breadchick said...

Your bread looks lovely! Glad you were able to fit Sara and I in this month.

Thanks for joining us!

Princess of the kitchen said...

Looks great your loaves ,Well done

jasmine said...

It *is* an amazing thing that is made of these four ingredients...Well done!

j

Jenny said...

Looks great! (And what a cute puppy!)

Claire said...

Good job! This bread look like it had the perfect texture and wasn't too dry.