Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Perfect White Bread and Baking With Julia

When I'd heard that a  "Baking With Julia" group was starting up this month, I could hardly wait to sign up and bake along.  I've been fortunate to have this wonderful cookbook by Dorie Greenspan in my collection for many years and it's always been one of my true favorites.

It seems only fitting that the first recipe on the schedule is for one of my favorite things of all time to bake in my kitchen...White Bread!  This however is not just any white bread, I do believe it's THE BEST white bread I've ever baked before (and trust me, I've definitely made my fair share of breads over the years).

Perfect White Bread Recipe


If you'd like the complete recipe for making these deliciously easy loaves, you can find the recipe on page 81 of "Baking With Julia" or you check out Lauri's blog (she's one of the creators of this baking group and the one who chose this as our first group recipe), called  "Slush".  Good choice Laurie!!!

I've never been a big proponent of mixing yeast breads in my stand mixer as I've always been a hand kneader myself.   This time however, I actually followed the directions and started the kneading process in my kitchen-aid.  Shortly after incorporating all the ingredients in my mixer, I quickly changed to hand kneading after my kitchen-aid seemed to be struggling with the denseness of the dough and I actually thought I was going to burn out it's motor (the last thing you'd ever think you could do to a kitchen-aid)!

I was a bit worried at that point that I wasn't going to be able to hand knead this dense dough properly, plus incorporate the softened butter at the same time.  I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  You can see for yourself that things progressed nicely.  I had no cause for concern :)







Perfect White Bread Recipe


Perfect White Bread Recipe

As I said earlier, this is THE BEST white bread I've ever made.  The taste is superb and I would consider it pretty fool proof (once you get your hands into the mix)!

In two Tuesday's from now (February 21st) we'll all be making the "Chocolate Truffle Tartlets"  found on page 382 of "Baking With Julia".  I hope you'll follow along as we bake our way through this amazing cookbook!  Heck, why not join us and make some new friends as well as some amazing food? 

Thanks for stopping by.  I'd love to hear from you if you feel like leaving some comments!

Until we bake again,

19 comments:

  1. I am with you - I think if I could only do one thing in the kitchen, it would be a close tie between bread and cakes...
    This was a really lovely dough to work with - I think the recipe on the back of King Arthur unbleached flour is still my favorite, but this is definitely a close second.
    Your loaves came out beautifully (of course).

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  2. The Bread looks perfect ... Don't you enjoy the morning breakfast slice even more when you have baked the bread yourself from scratch .... !!!! Good Job ... !! I am glad you had as much as fun baking it as I did. will follow u through out this baking adventure !!!!

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  3. So glad you're baking along with Julia and the gang! And your bread certainly looks like you're an expert!

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  4. Wow, that bread looks perfect!! Super job.

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  5. I agree, the best bread I have ever made!

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  6. It's only the third loaf I have ever made that has worked and I was convinced that it was beginner's luck but seems it's a great recipe :) So glad to see you Baking with Julia - does this mean you're back to FFWD too? I am only joining for one of the two TWD recipes this month - no way do I need the extra desserts ;)

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  7. Cher, Thank you! I'm excited to be back in a group with you.

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  8. Saira, We had it for dinner this evening along with some bean soup. Was FAN-tactic!!! Tomorrow I'll have it for breakfast, lightly toasted with butter and jam (be still my heart)!

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  9. Gorgeous bread, lady! It was the best white bread I have ever made as well. I will continue to use this recipe.

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  10. Katrina, I'm excited to be a part of this group! Thanks for the warm welcome! I'll be over to your blog soon to ogle your bread!

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  11. I also thought it was the best white bread I've ever made!

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  12. Not only was the bread delicious, it seemed easy to make (forgiving?).

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  13. Now I know you bake a lot of bread and for you to say that this is the best bread ever...well I know it must be so. Your loaves are gorgeous Renee! I make your white bread recipe weekly and we love it. This post has me wanting to try this *new* recipe.

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  14. This bread looks almost as good as David Beckham in his signature underware ... nice loafs ;) HA! Save a slice for me!! Love ya, sis!!

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  15. Nicely done. My lighting was too dim for process photos. I agree: this is a fool-proof recipe.
    Lisa

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  16. Great photos and your bread is beautiful. Your blog design is terrific too. I agree this is probably my best white bread too! Looking forward to baking with you :)

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  17. Your bread is gorgeous and I LOVE your blog. I'm still learning in the design area but it has been such fun to see what everyone else has done with their blogs. Yours is beautiful.

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  18. What a great idea, I like to bake bread.
    Andreja
    http://www.stancerfamily.blogspot.com

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  19. I always bake my own bread, I would never go back to shop bought bread. I do cheat a little and use a bread maker, and I follow a recipe from the back of a pack of bread flour…BUT…I add half a tespoon of Sesame oil to the mix once it’s no longer dry…the result is a very moreish flavour that cannot be beaten :-)

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Renee

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