Friday, February 29, 2008

DBC: French Bread



I was really excited about this months Daring Bakers Challenge. Everyone in my entire family knows for a fact that I am a bread fanatic. I am the queen of eating bread. I seriously live of bread. That, as well as carbs (I eat lots and lots of carbs!). And out of the all the types of breads out there, French Bread has to be one of my absolute favorite breads there is.

The only things that really irritates me about making bread is the time. I know making your own bread at home is usually the best (as well as anything made homemade), however, my patients always grows thin when making yeast bread. One of the main reasons as to why I rarely ever make bread at homemade instead of going to the grocery store to buy bread already made.

This months challenge kind of gave me a reason to have to make it homemade. I've made it probably 5 times know this month. After making it once towards the beginning of the month, I was kind of getting use to having to wait. "Patients is always rewarded in the end." So they say... And it's true.

The bread came out really good. I don't think bread really can unnecessarily come out bad if you do it right. I've been enjoying my French Bread this entire month. It's so delicious with Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Cinnamon-Bacon Carbonara! Or, simply have it alone. Either way, it's delicious!!




Recipe

2 1/4 tsp. dry active yeast
1/3 cup warm water, not over 100 degrees glass measure
3 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups tepid water @ 70 – 74 degrees/21 - 23C


For the complete recipe, go here. The recipe is HUGE, and it'd take me forever to write it all down up on here. Now, don't let the recipe scare you though. It may be long, but it's not to difficult. Just break it down into steps and you shouldn't have any problem making this delicious bread.

21 comments:

Tracy said...

Good job, Tarah! You're right, bread baking is a great way to learn patience.

Mary said...

Your bread looks great! nicely done! And did I read that correctly that you made it 5 times? Wow!

Anonymous said...

Just FYI. Doctors see patients. You have to have patience to make bread.

Jaime said...

wow, i can't believe you had the patience to make it so many times! great job!

Kevin said...

It looks like your bread turned out well. Great job on making it so many times!

Mer said...

It looks good... Congrats!

Big Boys Oven said...

gosh! your bread looks so fresh so nice, I can imagine the smell now! well done Tarah!bigboysoven

Beth G. said...

Beautiful job, it looks delicious!!

L Vanel said...

Your bread looks excellent. I think you are the Daring Baker that executed this recipe the most times!

Hannah said...

Mmm, what a lovely crumb! I suppose practice makes perfect, right? Nice work on this month's challenge!

hanne hanne said...

Oh, patience! You're so right. That's one of the things I've come to love about bread. It's a good excuse to slow down and relax and just kind of breathe.

And your bread looks amazing. It looks like you've got the patience thing all sorted out.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Wonderful that you are baking it over and over, that is really a great way to learn! Congratulations on a job well done!

breadchick said...

Great job on your bread. Glad you enjoyed it enough to make it 5X!!

Thanks for baking with Sara and I

Jenny said...

Five times? Meep! Looks great, and I'm glad you liked this one so much!

Peabody said...

That is a lot of bread making. Glad that this was a winner for you! Excellent job.

Deborah said...

I'm glad you were patient - 5 times!! Great job!

Jane said...

I'm so impressed. 5 times! Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to work on my loaves so I didn't have the opportunity to do it again before post date (I must never do that again!!!)
Your bread looks wonderful!
Jane of VeganBits.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, i'm French and I love to cook. I just wanted to ask why do you call so many recipies french: dressing/bread, as I never saw this type of things in France. Your bread looks more like ciabatta (an actual delicious italian bread). Anyway, keep cooking homemade

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