French Bread a la Home Depot
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French Bread a la Home Depot

It’s time to post the February Daring Bakers Challenge! This month Breadchick Mary of The Sour Dough and Sara of I Like to Cook teamed up to share Julia Child’s French bread recipe with us. The original recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 2 by Julia Child and Simone Beck. Rather than posting the recipe here (It’s very lengthy and includes lots of variables, but don’t be intimidated. It’s actually quite easy to make and results in a wonderful, artisan-style French bread!) Breadchick Mary has kindly posted the original recipe here. I ended up making … Continue Reading →

Individual Lemon Meringue Tarts
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Individual Lemon Meringue Tarts

This is my second Daring Bakers challenge recipe, and I’m happy to say it was another success! I’ve never tasted meringue before, much less tried my hand at making it. It smells like angel cake when it’s baking and has a very similar flavor. The lemon curd was perfect – not too tart, not to eggy. All this on top of a crust that tastes like shortbread. Thanks to Jen of The Canadian Baker for the challenge. It is based on a lemon meringue pie recipe from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky by Wanda Beaver. Print Individual Lemon Meringue Tarts Prep Time: … Continue Reading →

Tender Potato Bread and an Onion Focaccia
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Tender Potato Bread and an Onion Focaccia

This is my first post as a Daring Baker. The Daring Bakers are a group of food bloggers who challenge each other with a recipe once a month. A part of the challenge rules, we do not stray from the recipe except where the challenger makes exceptions. In this case we were given a “Tender Potato Bread” recipe and allowed variations in the topping, filling and shaping of the finished bread. With the dough, I made a large loaf topped with butter and sesame seeds, then used what was left to form a small focaccia with rosemary and caramelized onions. … Continue Reading →