2.29.2008

Keith and Julia

This month was my first adventure with the Daring Bakers. For those of you who are not familiar with The Daring Bakers, we are a group of food bloggers from around the world that take on a new baking adventure every month. The great thing about the group is it forces you to take on baking projects that you would normally avoid. Some of the challenges in the past have included making croissants from scratch, pulling sugar, making puff pastry and cream puffs.

This month we made french bread from the famous recipe written by Julia Childs. She wrote a beautiful 18 page recipe detailing every step in the processes. I've never made bread before so I was a little nervous, but I'm happy to report that everything turned out just right. I guess I picked up a few things watching my dad make bread all of those years.

The thing that struck me was how long the whole process took. I started at 7 am and took the bread out of the oven at 3:30 pm. I had a whole month to do the project, but I had a really hard time finding a day when I had 8 hours to hang out at home. The bread was actually quite simple, but with incredible bakeries like Ken's and The Pearl in town I think I'll just buy my bread.

Be sure to check in next month to see what the next adventure of The Daring Bakers entails.


12 comments:

L Vanel said...

Time well spent! The bread looks amazing.

Keith said...

It was deffinately time well spent.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great picture of your bread! Glad you were able to make time for the challenge! You did a fantastic job! Welcome to the daring bakers!

marye said...

wonderful job!

Mary said...

Your bread looks great! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

breadchick said...

Great job on your 1st challenge.

Thanks for baking with Sara and I

Carrie said...

Nice work on your first challenge & welcome to the Daring Bakers! :-)

Joy said...

I love your first picture. The colours of the towels make the pain look even more rustique! I hope you enjoy being a DBer.

Lunch Buckets said...

Congratulations, great looking bread!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers. I agree with the time committment, and find myself wondering if I could have done some steps by sticking the dough in the fridge overnight, etc. That may help, and I might need to play with the recipe to try it out.

Jigginjessica said...

Congrats on your first challenge! I have to say it looks like it was very successful. Your bread looks wonderful!

Angel said...

Your loaves looks so pretty in their basket. Good enough to bring to Grandmothers house. Great Job!!!