Julia Child’s French Bread- Daring Baker Challenge # 2

Julia Child! What can I say? She’s an Icon to say the least, chef extraordinaire, the real deal, and the true Queen of food television! So it’s no wonder why our Host’s, Breadchick Mary, of The Sour Dough and Sara, over at I Like To Cook, wanted to make Julia’s french bread our next Daring Baker challenge.

I have to admit when I first saw the recipe ( by the way, you can get it in detail over at Mary’s site) I thought it was a bit overwhelming, I had to read it several times to take it all in. I kept pushing it aside, because as I said before, I have issue’s with precise and exact measuring. ( believe me, ask my family!) But heck! We’re Daring Bakers! Up for the challenge, good or bad we all learn something. Right?
That’s one thing I always admired from Julia, she was never afraid of making mistakes, she would take it in stride and move on!

So now, on to my french bread baking experience!

The dough came together with no problem at all, I did it by hand.

I did however have other problems, I wanted to make batards, but they ended up turning into baguettes, the dough didn’t fit into my pans, I rolled it out too long, so I ended up flipping my pans over and baking them on the actual bottom of the pan. It worked out well after all, but it was very hard to clean my pans for some reason.

I ended up making two plain loaves, and the other one I added sundried tomatoes with Kalamata olives.

I didn’t change the recipe at all, I just stuck them in, so I hope I stayed in the recipe guidelines as the host’s said we can top at least 1 loaf with any ingredient we wanted.

But I have to say, the plain loaf was our favorite anyway! The crust turned out crispy, crunchy, and chewy, just the way we like it, and the texture inside was the best!

Nothings better than a great loaf of bread, dipped into some very special extra virgin olive oil! Mmmm!!

As Julia would always say….Bon Appetit!

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  1. Fantastic job with the baguettes! They look absolutely scrumptious.

  2. I love the picture of the torn bread. It looks so French, and very yummy.

  3. Your bread looks amazing!

  4. This is incredible! so so nice, just like appearing out of a box! well done. I was so frustrated with mine as I don’t bake bread on cakes! lol!

  5. gorgeous bread!! great job on this month’s challenge!!!

  6. brava
    very good

  7. They both look so good, Marie. Great job!

  8. I dream of making crusty bread like this, I bow!

  9. Your loaves are a thing of beauty. I love the additions in your other loaves. Kudos to you for “rising” to the challenge.It was good that I made baguettes because then I could eat one of the loaves fresh from the oven slathered in butter 😀

  10. Wow. They all look great . Great job.

  11. Lovely and delicious bread Marie!!!Like this Daring Baker!!!! xx Gloria

  12. Beautiful Bread! The olives sound so good too!
    x x x

  13. Looks Great!! Is there anything better than dipping good bread in olive oil? Yumm!

  14. Very beautiful!
    Love the sun dried tomato and kalamata olive baguette!

  15. Oh YES! That is some really gorgeous bread! Brava!

  16. I love your pictures. 🙂 Gorgeous bread.

  17. Oh I use to eat warm bread with olive oil when my grandma baked bread! Lovely bread and so beautifully photographed. 🙂

  18. Great looking bread! I really like the sound of the sundried tomato and kalamata olive loaf!

  19. Your bread is sooo beautiful!

  20. My batards turned into baguettes during my first attempt! Ha! The second time around I made rounds and those wound up much more feasible in my oven! Your bread looks great!

    I am subscribing, I cannot wait to see what else you make…limoncello tiramisu? Round lasagna? I’m in!

  21. You have a good thing going here – delicious bread. It always hits the right buttons with me. Thx for the inspiring post.

  22. You make it look so easy…. Darnit, I’m going to have to try it!

    xoxo Amy

  23. You’ve inspired me to try this!
    And the veggie crostata looks wonderful as well.
    I love your blog!!

  24. What I did to make the recipe less overwhelming was to go through and delete all the steps I wouldn’t follow – since I was making it by hand, I deleted all mixer instructions, then all the sidenotes I didn’t need, then only kept the loaf style instructions. That made it… 8 pages, but still. It helped my overwhelmed brain!

    Anyway, your loaves look great, and I think olive and tomato would taste great!

  25. i thought “holy Moly” when I first saw it as well. But was okay when I culled out the By hand stuff. Your bread looks wonderful. That second to last picture is the money shot!

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  27. Sorry I’m having trouble with blogger!!!! That’s why so many messages!

  28. Beautiful French bagueetes from an Italian kitchen!

  29. Fantastic baguettes! You did just fine with the add too.

    Thanks so much for baking with Sara and I

  30. HOLY MOLY! Looks fantastic!! That last photo makes me want to take a bite…bread moistened with olive oil…is there anything more simple yet divine?

  31. what a success ! it’s wonderful !!!! congratulations 🙂

  32. You are such a good cook and baker. In looking at the crust, I can actually hear how it shatters.

  33. Fantastic pictures! Thanks for baking with us this month.

  34. How beautiful is that bread! I love it. Oh, and . . . maybe you’ll take part in the Julia Child birthday celebration in August!

  35. Bon Appetit Indeed! Your loaves look GREAT! And must have tasted out of this world dipped in olive oil!! YUM YUM!!

  36. Looks very tasty!

  37. Thanks for all the kind words through your comments, which are so appreciated!

  38. Beautiful loaves! Great idea to add the sun dried tomatoes and olives. I had all I could do just to get the bread baked!

  39. Just wanted to let you know that I tagged you for a meme. You’re it!

  40. Cool fun. Like me. Thanks.I like to cook very at home. Greetings from Poland. 😐

  41. Welcome Przepisy! Thank you for visiting!