Friday, August 31, 2012

BBD#53: Sun-dried Tomato and Parmesan Swirl Bread

A is for August.

A is for Aggravating.

Aggravating August.

I'll be glad to see it leave, Blue Moon notwithstanding.

On August 1, I accidentally fell, landing on my left wrist.  It was unusable for over 2 weeks.  Now, on August 31, I can actually lift a frying pan again, although there are some strange lumps remaining.   

That's how the month began and it didn't get much better.    I missed the french bread baking event because my wrist wasn't up to kneading.

I did manage to make my swirl bread, though, for this month's Bread Baking Day.  That's because the dough was already made -- the other half of the french bread dough from the previous post.

I rolled out the dough flat, then layered it with some diced sun-dried tomatoes and topped that with grated Parmesan cheese.  Definitely, a yummy combination.

So, I'm sending this over to Shelley at C Mom Cook.     She's the hostess this month for Swirly Breads.  The most difficult part was deciding on the flavor of the swirl, so it will fun to see what the other bakers chose for their swirls.  

Also, be sure and stop by Zorra's website to learn about all the previous Bread Baking Days and see some fantastic food.

Here's hoping September is a more friendly month.   I'm looking forward to resuming my baking and blogging.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BBD #52: French Bread

For Bread Baking Day #52, this month's hostess, Cinzia of Cindystar, chose French bread. 

With time in short supply this month, I chose to bake one of my favorite French breads from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook.  It's quickly put together, has great oven spring, and crackles loudly while cooling -- my favorite sound!

There are no photos of slices because I gobbled it up that quickly.  But, not to worry, there is more dough in the fridge waiting to be baked.  I'll probably do a boule this time, then make more dough because this is that good!

Thanks to both Zorra and Cinzia for this month's challenge.  Now I have to send it off quickly, and hope I'm not too late.

If you want to try your hand at this delicious French bread, head over to this website for the Master recipe.