|Homemade white bread....what could be better|
While the Tuesday group continued to bake their way through Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, From My House to Yours", the Friday group got started cooking their way through..."Around My French Table". It took "Tuesdays" four years, but they finished their baking project and are now starting a new group to bake through "Baking with Julia"! I am finally part of the Tuesday group and am looking forward to the journey!
Our first challenge...White Loaves. My mom was a wonderful bread baker. She was the one who taught me to get to know my dough, knead it...know it's feel. I have baked bread quite often, and always kneaded by hand. This recipe calls for using your stand mixer to knead the dough. Because, the dough seemed heavy I decided to use the mixer. At one point, I thought the motor on my mixer was going to give out. The dough finally came together and it made two beautiful loaves of bread. My first loaf was a plain white bread, absolutely delicious! I used it for sandwiches and toast. It was my kind of bread...not at all like the white fluffy bread you buy at the grocery store. Full of flavor and such a nice texture or crumb. For the second loaf, I rolled out the dough and spread it with some softened butter. I then sprinkled on some cinnamon and sugar...the results were very nice. Just a little sweetness for a breakfast loaf. I really loved this recipe and will be making it again. I'm thinking with raisins next time.
If you would like to bake this bread, you can find the recipe in the book "Baking with Julia" by Dorie Greenspan. To see how other bloggers did with this recipe you can find it here. The recipe will be posted by our host this month Someone's In the Kitchen, here.
|Dough placed in bowl to rise|
|Doubled in size|
|Ready for the oven|
|Such a gorgeous loaf of bread|
|Couldn't wait to slice into them...still warm and so delicious|
|A slice from the cinnamon loaf|
|Nothing beats a homemade bread just out of the oven!!|