29 February 2008

I'm a Daring Baker! - Julia's French Bread

Last month, I was pleasantly amazed at all the wonderful support I received from my fellow Daring Bakers. This month, I couldn't wait to get started, especially after I saw that we were making Julia Child's French Bread!

This was the longest, most intensely detailed recipe I have ever seen (you can find it here). I read it through three times before I started, and it was detailed enough that there wasn't a single question I could even image having, other than when I was going to get started!

The execution of the recipe took, quite literally, all day. I knew the bread would be amazing as soon as I started kneading, though - the dough was an absolute pleasure to work with. Easily the most difficult part of the recipe was the two-hour waiting time after it came out of the oven! The bread was crusty and just chewy enough, with a fantastic texture. It was also absolutely delicious. Would I make it again? Absolutely. I'm not sure, though, if I would be able to wait for it to cool off!


Gretchen Noelle said...

You bread looks amazing! So glad to hear that you would indeed bake it again - it was delicious, wasn't it? Congratulations on facing this month's DB challenge!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers! This was a great challenge, and your bread looks terrific.

Susan said...

The waiting for colling is definitely the hardest part. Very well done!

Lesley said...

Nice loaves, I think you have something here!

Angel said...

Wow your round loaves look straight out of a European bakery. Just Beautiful!!!