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Megans Cookin: French Bread, Daring Baker Style

Friday, February 29, 2008

French Bread, Daring Baker Style

I really procrastinated this challenge. I waited till the last minute and had to fit it in. Try "fitting in" a nine hour recipe. I got up early and made my dough. It came together really easy. Flour, yeast, salt, and water were the only components to this recipe. There was alot of down time and I worked it between errands. I know I didn't do exactly as instructed, but it came together anyway.

The best part of this challenge came at dinner time. My hubby asked where I got the bread. When I asked "what?" because I thought he new I had made bread, he asked again, "where did you buy the bread?". I told him I made it and he was surprised. He said it looked so perfect, he thought I bought it. What a complement!
Mary, aka Breadchick, of The Sour Dough and Sara of I like to cook were the wonderful hostesses of this month's challenge. Thank you ladies. I will make this again. To get the whole recipe, visit one of them! Now go take a look at the other 500 Daring Bakers and see how they all fared. You might want to take a bottle of wine and a hunk of Brie. Bon Appetit!

Extra Extra
I have a surprise brewing!
Check back Saturday, March 1st to see what I have cookin.


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Blogger April said...

Your loaves look perfect!

February 29, 2008 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Marie Rayner said...

Your loaves look so perfect Megan! Well done!

February 29, 2008 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Wonderful loaves! I don't think I could be a Daring Baker while in college - a lot of time, money for ingredients, and very challenging. Maybe once I graduate and get situated. Kudos to you for being a Daring Baker!!

February 29, 2008 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Your bread looks wonderful and that is a fabulous compliment!

February 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful! I love how you did that first one. Beautiful color and slashes!

February 29, 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

well, I must say your bread looks better than store bought. Great job, megan!

February 29, 2008 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Cakespy said...

This is what happiness looks like, I think. I love the way that people are so impressed by homemade bread--it makes you feel good as the baker, doesn't it??

And I can't wait to see the surprise!

February 29, 2008 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger L Vanel said...

You have some really nice boules there. Wow! Great bread!

February 29, 2008 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

It does look perfect! What a great compliment!

February 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

They look beautifully risen to perfection Megan! :)
Have you made the Dolce De Leche yet??

February 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Bread! Such a lovely compliment from your husband, too! My husband would be happy never to buy store bought bread again, as long as I was baking it! And, we have a bakery across the street from us!

February 29, 2008 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your bread looks perfect! i'm so bummed that i missed the cutoff for this round of the daring bakers! seeing all the fresh, crusty loaves is turning me green with envy.

February 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Perfection. Really great job.

February 29, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

that is indeed the ultimate compliment! :) great job!

February 29, 2008 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

What a lovely comment from your husband. Not surprising since your bread looked fantastic!

February 29, 2008 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

wow, you loaves do look perfect, no wonder your husband had to ask! i procrastinated as well, but with not quite the same results! :P

February 29, 2008 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful job!

February 29, 2008 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Gretchen Noelle said...

How fantastic that your husband actually thought it was store bought! Great job!

March 1, 2008 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

Wish I had joined the Daring Bakers in time for that challenge! I adore the smell of fresh bread baking! mmmmmmmm! At least I get in on the action for March!

March 1, 2008 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

You certainly "rose" to the challenge. For your husband to compliment you and ask where you bought it says it all doesn't it?

March 1, 2008 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger CB said...

your bread looks so good for someone who "fit it in"! Great job!

March 1, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger breadchick said...

What a compliment to both you and Julia's recipe that you husband would think you had bought this bread! Great job

Thanks for baking with Sara and I

March 1, 2008 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravissimo! ...on your challenge's success! Those breads look amazing.

March 1, 2008 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

From one procrastinator to another, I'm glad you found the 9 hours needed. To me, it was worth it, and your bread looks great.

March 1, 2008 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

Fantstic bread Megan - I am with you hubby on that.

March 1, 2008 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Karen Baking Soda said...

Well if that's not a compliment to your baking skills I don't know what is! Real french looking breads, a job well done!

March 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Molly Loves Paris said...

Well I also think that your loaves look store bought. Great slashes. Awesome crust. Bien fait.

March 2, 2008 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Princess of the kitchen said...

your bread looks wonderful . Well done

March 2, 2008 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Your bread looks great and your slashes came out very well! Nice job!

March 2, 2008 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger David T. Macknet said...

Hmm... makes me wonder when "store-bought" became better than "home-made" - but I'm glad that it worked out so well for you!

March 3, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger T’s Treats said...

Fantastic Bread!! you know this is why I came here and got side tracked by the cool contest ha-ha! your bread looks wonderful!!

March 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Cakebrain said...

Nice looking bread! I admire you Daring Bakers. I don't think I could keep up with all those challenges.

March 4, 2008 at 9:51 PM  

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