Tuesday, February 7, 2012

White Loaves

I had a short hiatus from my blog but I'm happy to report, I'm back! The end of 2011 was hectic to say the least. I can't believe this is my first post of 2012. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and your New Year is off to a great start. Even though I've been absent on the blog, I haven't been completely absent in the kitchen. I enjoy blogging but for whatever reason it's always put on the back burner. I decided for 2012 to join an online baking group. This group has been around for a while, I know because I've drooled over the computer every Tuesday for the last couple of years. Tuesday's with Dorie is an online baking group which tackles recipes from one cookbook. The group recently finished From Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (hence the name of the group). Now they're tackling Baking with Julia and I'm happy to be a member. I'm really excited and think this is going to be a fun journey. I know I'm going to learn a ton along the way.

So let's get this started...we made white loaves for our first week. This was my first time making white loaves (without using a bread maker that is).  This was a pretty simple recipe the hardest part was 1. waiting for the dough to rise & 2. kneading the dough by hand after my KitchenAid mixer got a bit overheated (anyone else have that trouble?). I'm not going to lie...it was a pretty good workout and I'm happy to report my KitchenAid is just fine. Thank goodness! 

The bread was so very tasty! It was good warm with some butter. It was good the next morning as toast. AND it was a great bread to use for grilled cheese. What did everyone else do with their bread? 

The organizers of Tuesday's with Dorie, Jules & Laurie, selected this week's recipe. I think it was a great pick for our first post. I'm excited to continue the journey! 

If you're interested in the recipe, hop on over to Jules blog.


  1. Ooooh, love that grilled cheese! I ate mine just with some butter, sometimes with nothing at all. Just so delicious!

    Yours look so tall and golden; love them!

  2. Wonderful looking bread! Grilled cheese - yum!

  3. First thing I thought: wow it really did rise!! Grilled cheese looks yummy too. I ate half of a load for toast and the other for bread pudding. I kneaded mine by hand too, but that's bc I don't own a stand mixer...

  4. My KitchenAid was fine, no over heating. Your bread is so big, wow!

  5. Your bread looks awesome! And gigantic!

    I had the same issue with my Kitchenaid. It was jumping all over the counter and was super hot by the time my dough was done. I was worried about it there for a bit, but it seems to be fine now. Crisis averted.

    Apparently you're not supposed to turn it above level 2 when working with yeast doughs. Would have been helpful to know beforehand.

  6. Your bread looks great! The best thing about it I think is how versatile it is. (my mixer got pretty hot too)

  7. Great looking grilled cheese sandwich. My kitchenaid decided it didn't like working that hard and turned itself off midstream. Arms weren't so happy about working that hard either, but end result was delicious!

  8. My girls had grilled cheese (and toast with Nutella) off these loaves for a few days. Glad your mixer survived :-)