French Baguettes



When you read a recipe and it say's plan on allotting for nine hours to the prep, rising and baking of your item.. believe it!

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 App├ętit!

14 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow you did a gorgeous job with that bread, even if you didn't wait the whole time for the rising. I bake that no-knead bread of Jim Lahey's but need to get back to good old baguettes too. Thanks for the inspiration

Joanne said...

This bread looks quite delicious! I have learned from experience that cooking and baking always takes me longer than I think it will. I try to plan ahead but it generally doesn't really work out...I guess you and I are two of a kind!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow they look perfect

Proud Italian Cook said...

I remember baking this with the DB's, I could never do the folding of the baguette properly, mine took all day to make but it was a treat to eat, have you tried the no knead breads yet? I might give that a try, everyones talking about them.

Sylvia said...

Oh my.. , Laurie I love baguette I must try out , right now, looks delicious.

redkathy said...

Your impatience payed off, I can taste that bread from here!

Mary said...

Your time and patience really paid off. this looks absolutely perfect. I can almost hear thr crackle as the crust is broke. Have a great day, Laurie.

Juliana said...

Laurie, your French baguettes sure look so professional...would love to have a piece of it :-)

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous baguettes! Excellent!

Amy (Super Healthy Kids) said...

I'd do anything for a bite of that bread right now!!

tasteofbeirut said...

Beautiful and you have my undying admiration for making these baguettes yourself! Wow!
I don't think I would have the courage.

Brad said...

The bread looks amazing thanks ofr sharing the recipe and pics.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Your baguettes are beautiful! What lovely soft tender insides they have. I bet they were divine.

Marcellina said...

Ooooo! Your baguettes look beautiful! So soft and tender inside and a gorgeous golden crust. I love bread - it is probably my favourite food. I used to bake my own until I lost the bread baking bug. But I think I try these! Thanks for the recipe.