Daring Bakers February Challenge – French Bread

Daring Bakers French bread

There’s been a lot of bread baking going on in my kitchen lately, I mean serious bread baking, not the making of the usual everyday bread and if it continues like this there wont be any more of that bread at all. Oh no, I can feel that I have entered a new stage of my baking life, or maybe I should say that I’m regressing to the time when I actually had a lot of fun baking and tried out different types of bread! This month the Daring Bakers challenge was bread, Julia Child’s French bread to be exact. I did expect that it would be bread considering that it is Mary aka Breadchick of The Sour Dough and Sara of i like to cook who are hosting this month (and for your information they are also Bread Baking Babes as well) and now that I have baked and am beginning to learn how to make French bread I can also say that I’m very happy about their choice: Julia Child’s French bread! You can find the recipe here and here and I really suggest you to try it. There are even videos where you can check out how to make and shape it in case you need some moral support.

Daring Bakers French bread

I baked the bread together with Tanna this time and we even had web cams on for awhile, Karen was out somewhere discoing I think, but we felt old and responsible so we baked bread instead. (Not that I regret that but maybe I would have gone discoing too if someone had asked me. Noone ever does anymore though). This was the first time ever in my career as a Daring Baker I actually made the challenge twice, it’s such a great bread and I feel that I want to learn how bake it perfectly so there will be many more times. There was one problem though, it takes quite a while to make it, it has to rise for quite a while and as our house is on coldish side, it took even longer which meant that there was very little light when I finally could photograph the bread so the photos are not that great. But who cares when the bread is! Great I mean. The whole family loves it, unfortunately the recipe only gives you 3 batards (i.e. short baguettes) and with five in the family, that’s far too little! But I can alway double the recipe can’t I? So I have to say Thank You to Mary and Sara for both providing such a great challenge AND for being such patient and great hosts, I knew you were nice but now I know even better!
To see what the other DBers French Bread check out the DB Blogroll here!

Daring Bakers French bread

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