February 07, 2012
TWD Post 1: White Loaves
This post marks quite a lot of firsts: 1) the first week of Tuesdays With Dorie: Baking With Julia; 2) the first time I've baked white bread from scratch and 3) the first project I've tackled with my brand-new stand mixer.
I'm happy to report success on all three counts. Just take a look at this beautiful ball of dough. The top photo is just out of the mixer; the bottom is after it rested and got plump and fat.
I felt kind of bad poking the dough ball and leaving craters, but I was just following instructions to test its readiness, honest! Then came another resting time so that it doubled again, but the wait was definitely worth it. One loaf came out a wee bit higher than the other, but both were equally tasty.
After reading other posts and some bread tutorials, I will probably try kneading the dough by hand just so I have a better idea of what a dough ball should look like at different stages.
Want to try baking bread too? You can find the recipe at Slush and Someone in the Kitchen, our hosts this week for this first installment of TWD: Baking With Julia. Thanks, Laurie and Jules!