I’m so glad to be baking with the whole Tuesdays with Dorie group again! After finishing Dorie Greenspan’s Baking, From My Home to Yours in 2011, they decided to keep baking, and what better book to tackle next than the fabulous Dorie Greenspan/Julia Child collaboration, Baking with Julia.
I’d bowed out of Tuesdays with Dorie a couple years ago for a bunch of reasons, but I missed it. I missed participating. I missed being a part of the group. (And I’m pretty sure my family missed the constant onslaught of goodies!)
But now, the Tuesdays with Dorie group is going to tackle Baking with Julia – a book I bought when it first came out as a companion volume – a huge companion volume – to the PBS series of the same name in 1996. I watched the series, and I baked a lot of the recipes. But not all of them. Yet! I had to be a part of this group again. And this time around, there are only two recipes a month. I figured I could handle that!
Our first recipe is one I almost skipped – out of laziness, nothing more. White Loaves. I figured, I bake bread all the time. I don’t need to do this one.
But that’s not the point. At least not for me. The point, for me, is to be participating with everyone else. I struggle with that. With joining. With being a part of a group. With staying a part of a group. So, to combat that urge to hide in a darkened corner, I baked those white loaves yesterday. Yes, I’m a day late in writing the post. But I’m glad I baked the bread. (I’m always glad when I’ve baked bread!)
So here we go.
Such a simple recipe – yeast, water, flour, a bit of sugar, salt, and butter. Two loaves.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures initially, so forgive me for not having my usual shots of every single little step. The one thing that was different for me in making this bread was adding the butter after the dough has been formed. You combine the yeast and water and sugar, then work the flour in, and the salt, and then the butter is worked in. Really? But how…..? Ah well – leap of faith.
And, of course, the butter, with a lot of slapping around in my KA mixer, was incorporated just fine.
And it smelled really good. Sometimes I think I like the smell of the dough better than the smell of the baking bread. But then I bake the bread, and I think that smells best.
I baked this so late yesterday – right before we went out to dinner (to celebrate good report cards), and we were so full afterward that no one wanted any bread.
But I had to taste it. Had to. So I cut off the heel of one loaf, spread a little butter on it, and did what needed to be done. (cue violins)
I love good bread. Sometimes my loaves are okay, sometimes they’re good, sometimes – once in a while – they’re really good.
This is one of those really good breads.
I’m so glad I talked myself into baking this week! I guarantee these loaves will not make it to the weekend!
Now, like I said, this is part of round two of Tuesdays with Dorie, so there are a lot of other bakers out there who made white loaves as well. If you’d like to gaze at lots more bread pictures and read about more baking adventures, check out all the links on this page! And if you’d like to try baking these loaves yourself (and you really want to, trust me), you can find the recipe in three places. In the book (buy it!) or at slush, or at Someone's in the Kitchen
See you in two weeks with the next TWD installment!