A year with bread

For 2014, I’ve decided to try and bake at least one loaf of bread each day in the hopes of achieving the perfect loaf!

Yesterday, Jan 1, I tried the original “crusty french bread” by Julia Child.  This recipe takes a really long time with three separate rises of the dough adding up to nearly six hours!  The results were mixed – the loaves stuck to the parchment paper at the last rise and hence deflated somewhat when placed on the cookie sheet for baking.  The bread had a nice texture – lots of bubbles – and quite good flavor.

The recipe I followed was from Barbara bakes Julia Child’s French Bread