It’s days like this when I question why I participate in the BBA challenge. And by “days like this” I mean days where I’ve got 3 loaves of fresh baked French bread sitting on my counter and haven’t a clue what to do with them. I’m just not a bread person. None of us in my household are really.

I definitely love making bread though. (And the crowd says “Duh!”) It’s not fair. I should be one of those people who love making cookies that way nothing would ever go to waste.

I do have to give this bread credit though. It’s good bread, especially for a 2 day’er. I have a French bread recipe that was given to me from a friend that’s instructions are literally “stir with wooden spoon, rest, stir again” and from that, you get awesome French bread in about an hour and a half. So I was especially harsh on this one.

There was nothing difficult about it, except I really hate spraying the oven with water and using a steam pan. I don’t know why since it’s not a whole lot of work, it just annoys me. It just seems like I could’ve gotten the same result without all the steam.

It reminded me a lot of Panera’s bread. Almost too chewy but you eat it anyway because it’s that good, you know? I don’t know if I’ll ever make it again but it was a fun recipe and I think it would be good for an event that called for a whole lot of bread.

So what did I do with the bread? Two loaves have become croutons (which caused my husband to say “Well, isn’t that a lot of work for something that you could’ve bought for a buck?”) and the 3rd went wonderfully with a big pot of spaghetti sauce.

As always, check out Peter Reinhart’s book if you are interested in any of the breads I post about. And check out the BBA blogroll to see where everyone else is in the book.



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