Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TWD: Baking with Julia - White Loaves

This is the first post of what I hope will be a grand and tasty adventure.

My sister, Laura, and I have a long history of cooking and baking together. Since she moved back to Nome, Alaska this past summer, it's gotten more difficult. Thousands of miles separate our kitchens. Though we share recipes frequently and often compare menus, I miss having her hands and her smile here when I'm baking or cooking something familiar we've shared (or something new and challenging).

When I heard about Tuesdays with Dorie, an online group of bakers who were baking "together" and making their way through Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan, I approached Laura about doing this project as a way to bake "together." She was game, so here we are.

I have never made bread all by myself before, so I was a little intimidated by the first recipe, White Loaves. With the exception of that sort of sci-fi moment when my dough started climbing out from my Kitchen Aid mixer, the recipe went smoothly and without difficulty, even for an aspiring baker like me. One loaf (the one to which I added a cinnamon swirl) turned out slightly bigger than the other. They aren't picture perfect, but they look pretty much like bread! They smell wonderful, too. I'm thrilled with them.
My white loaves...sized slightly differently, kind of like my twin daughters.




We ate slices of the cinnamon swirl bread as a snack with cream cheese. The cinnamon was more of a hint than a swirl. I will use more next time. The plain loaf was sliced up for toasted cheese sandwiches to go with our leftover soup this evening. It was perfect.

Find the recipe here on Jules Someone's blog at Someone's in the Kitchen. Or just buy Dorie's beautiful book. My copy now has a little butter and some flour on one page.

I'm kind of proud of that.