Saturday I decided on a slow roast in the oven. What would go better with a roast and the beautiful drippings that it produces.. French bread of course! I have made home made bread before, even French Bread, but I have never used Julia's recipe. A while ago I was even a Daring Baker, but I wasn't very good at planning my time and I was one of those who always waited till the last minute to whip up a beautiful dessert or baked good. As much as I loved being in the DB community and being challenged with some of the most beautiful and elaborate desserts I have ever made, I had to bow out gracefully and go at the baking on my own. I don't remember if the "Julia Child's French Bread" recipe came before or after my departure, but it is one recipe I always wanted to attempt. Saturday would be the perfect occasion!
Let me first tell you, I didn't allow myself enough time and our fresh home baked bread wasn't served till much later in the evening. I was even a little impatient for the last rising and forwent the hour and a half last rise and only waited ten minutes before popping these babies in the oven.
Surprisingly, they still turned out wonderful and had the most beautiful chewy crust of any of the French Bread's I have ever made. The crumb I think would have been a little more airy if I had waited the extra hour before I baked them, but my family loved them and wouldn't have known any different.
There were so many recipes to follow online, but the site that I ended up going to for the recipe was at Cooking By The Seat Of My Pants, he has a pdf of the recipe and it makes it so handy to download and print out. Thank you Jerry!
Buon Appetito.. or as our French friends say, Bon Appétit!