Saturday, 1 March 2008

February challenge- French Bread





This month the wonderful Mary (Breadchick) and Sara choose a recipe for French Bread, or Pain Francais, From Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume Two by Julia Child and Simone Beck. I am sorry to be a little late in posting- I've had a hectic weekend so far with baby showers and various other things to cook for. I made beautiful fruit tarts actually- they were just exquisite and I am so cross I didn't take photos to post on my blog.

I really liked this recipe. It did take an awfully long time, but it was mostly just waiting time. If it is a rainy day and you've no where to go, I would definetely recommend you make this.




I kneaded the dough by hand, which wasn't at all painful. Besides, I find it a much more rewarding experience than machine kneading. I couldn't find the camera until the bread just came out of the oven, hence there are no photos of the kneading and rising and baking etc. I do however, hope that you enjoy these few photos that i took of the final result. A must try recipe for the baking enthusiast. Thanks Mary and Sara



23 comments:

Cakespy said...

OOh, love these skinny loaves--perfect texture and they look absolutely golden! I wouldn't mind tearing off the top and having a nibble...

Half Baked said...

Beautiful long loaves! Nice job on this challenge!

Aamena said...

your loaves look beautiful!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Your loaves look lovely! You should be very proud. I agree that kneading by hand is very rewarding and satisfying! Great job on this challenge!

Jenny said...

True baguettes, lovely!

I completely agree with the kneading by hand - this is so satisfying to me, even more than eating the end result!

L Vanel said...

Great looking French bread!

BrineS said...

Wow! Your French bread looks so cool! So long!

Big Boys Oven said...

Oh so so lovely, but cant imagine that you wallop all and not having a piece for me, lol! well done! so cool!

breadchick said...

Your breads look perfect!

Thanks for baking with Sara and I

Allison said...

whoa, they look so long! it's awesome! and the color is amazing; good job!!

Peabody said...

Kneading the dough by hand...go you! Great job on your bread.

coco said...

Oh I love how long and slender your baguettes are! I wish I had an oven that size.

Deborah said...

It looks wonderful!

Lesley said...

Those are so long! They look so good, I love the color!

Megan said...

Great loaves. I'd like to make more bread now!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your loaves look perfect! Good job!

Sara said...

Glad you liked it, your bread looks great!

Pixie said...

Long gorgeous loaves, well done!

Bellini Valli said...

Your loaves are a thing of beauty. The bread was time consuming but I made baguettes solely for the purpose of eating one straight from the oven:D On to the next challenge!!

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