Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TWD: Baking With Julia - White Loaves!

Today kicks off the very first week of the new Tuesdays with Dorie blog group that I am apart of. As I said before in my previous post we will be baking recipes from the Baking with Julia cookbook by Dorie Greenspan. Our first recipe was for you guessed it...White Loaves of bread! This weeks challenge was hosted by Laurie and Jules, the creators of Tuesdays with Dorie, and you can find a copy of the recipe here on Jules' blog - Someone's in the Kitchen! Every Tuesday when a recipe is due to be posted there will be a different host with a link to his or her blog to get the recipe OR if you are feeling really adventurous you could buy the book HERE and join in the fun! :)

Now the whole reason why I entered in this blog group in the first place is because I was  am hoping it will make me a better baker. I have tried to make homemade bread once before (it was a Barefoot Contessa recipe for Honey White Bread) and while it wasn't a complete bomb it wasn't fabulous either. Especially the 2nd loaf that I froze!

I have read a few of the other blogs that were posted today on the TWD:BWJ blog to see how everyone else did on their loaves and I have to admit it makes me feel a little intimidated cause most of these people can really bake and where commenting on what a breeze this dough was to put together. I mean I didn't think it was hard but believe me when I tell you I had flour EVERYWHERE by the time those loaves went into the oven! LOL

I was also a little worried about my stand mixer. Its new to me I have only used it a couple of times and one step of the directions said to "beat and knead at medium speed for about ten minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic." Well I read somewhere not to go over speed 2 when kneading and that you only have to knead the dough for like 5 minutes total or else you could burn up your motor. Does anybody know anything about this?? 


All in all I think it was a fairly successful recipe. I think next time I will definitely be trying a few of the suggestions to add a cinnamon swirl to one of the loaves that sounds delicious! Here is a picture of my White Loaves....  




Till next time TWD Fans....Happy Baking! :)

10 comments:

Jules Someone said...

Nice loaves! And yes, you shouldn't go over speed 2 for bread dough. 5 minutes knead, let it rest a minute or two and then back to kneading. Works like a charm!

Jennrag said...

You have a beautiful blog! Don't be intimidated - there are plenty of newbies like me doing TWD. I didn't know about the motor thing...probably burned it out!

Heather said...

Your loaves look beautiful! Bread really intimidated me at first, too -- I hope this kicked up your confidence because you did great!

Candy (Dulce) said...

I think your bread looks lovely!
I have to admit, that I have an (ancient) KitchenAid - I guess it's a good thing that I'd never read the instructions... mine didn't have a problem and I used a higher speed, but hey... I've done it for years, and it's fine. The only thing I would say is let it cool off between batches.
Glad you had fun with this!!!

Cathy said...

Your loaves look lovely. Everyone has been a newbie. This TWD site seems like a great place to have any of your questions answered. Happy baking too you!

Vicki said...

nice bread....yum

Guyla said...

Your bread looks great. We were all new bakers at one time! I'm on my 2nd Kitchen Aid. The first one lasted a long time, over 10 years, I can't remember just how long. I bought the heavy duty one this time.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Loaves look great! Good job!

Julia said...

I'm a bread newbie too, so you have company! That said, it looks like your bread turned out perectly.

Cher Rockwell said...

Very nice!
No, you don't want to knead higher than 2 with the KA. The advice to knead for five minutes, then let it rest for five minutes was spot on.