Daring Bakers: Julia Child’s French Bread

Julia Child's French Bread

I love Julia Child! Love, love, love her! Last summer I read her biography and I was just startled by her voice: clear, gentle, friendly…
So, when I saw this month challenge I thought: “GREAT! A dream comes true!!!”
I knew that when Mary and Sara chose this particular recipe they were going in the right direction toward the true spirit of the Daring Bakers!
Never, in the whole of my life, I would ever dared to make a bread that needs an entire day to be made!!!
And by an entire, I mean it: I began around 10am last Sunday and I end up with the bread ready to be cut for dinner, around 8 pm!
An overall 6 hours of rising it was a mystic experience!
Ad the rules were allowing me to use a stand mixer, I bail out, and I used my beloved one… But the time you have to wait, the fact that you have to be patient and careful while your gluten is forming to the right consistent, and the fact that you have to wait other 2 to 3 hours to let it cool before to eat… Well, it was a mystic experience!
Of course the bread didn’t come out like the one you buy in France, even if I used French flour to make it!
As Julia, Mary and Sara say the problem is the home oven!
But I NEVER made a bread with that kind of breadcrumb!!! It was amazing! And I was so pleased!
Expecially beacuse, remember, I married a French! And he was very pleased to!!!
To celebrate we ate it with a nice Fois Gras aux pruneaux we bought last time we were in France! A glorious dinner!

Thanks Daring bakers to make me dare!!!!
Here the recipe by Breadchick Mary.

P.S. I know, I know: the windows in my home have horrible dirty glass! I hate to clean windows! Every time I do it, it rains the very next day! Let’s just hope my mum do not see this picture!!!


  1. Annemarie

    Glad it passed the test with the frenchman in your life. πŸ™‚ It does look wonderful!

  2. Andrea

    Now that looks fantastic! Good to hear that your Frenchman approved!!

  3. Jenny

    Which biography did you read? I read My Life in France last year and that was full of interesting tidbits.

    Nice job on this challenge!

  4. Betty C.

    Bravo for the bread! I never make homemade bread but am very impressed by those who do…

  5. marion - il en faut peu pour ...

    mystic and scaring experinence indeed πŸ™‚
    You did a so good job ! congratulations πŸ™‚

  6. Baking Soda

    Haha, I won’t look at your windows if you promise not to look at mine! (We’ll find a way to distract our mums!).
    That crumb on your bread sure looks french to me! Well done!

  7. breadchick

    Sara, Julia would have loved that your Frenchman loved the bread. Your looks perfect!

    Thanks for baking with Sara and I

  8. comidademama

    Hi there! I live few blocks away from JC former house-tv stage, here in Cambridge MA.
    Julia Child is truly interesting matter of study to understand better the way Americans eat (or not eat ^_^) now.
    Although I have the suspect she earned the Legion d’Honneur just because she opened the medium quality French wine market to USA. Naaa, I’m just kidding.

    I’m very surprised to see how Americans are fascinated by French culture, I can feel it everyday.

    Anyway I wrote in Italian a little post about her, if you want take a look here it is. Ciao! Comidademama.

    BTW The bread is very nice indeed. I bake twice a week but I always make the No Knead Bread because is effortless. Pm10 enjoyed a lot while she was here.

  9. DaviMack

    You certainly got an awesome looking crumb, there – congratulations!

  10. lina

    Beautiful crumb! Bread really need time to come together, though this was an extreme, putting all that waiting in one day. But it looks as if you got results worth the effort!

  11. Tartelette

    Beautiful job! I had mine with chocolate but foie gras works!!

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