Julia Child’s French Bread…. The Babes celebrate a birthday

The world, or, at least a large part of the food world, is paying homage to Julia Child today.

Susan, of Wild Yeast, our host kitchen for this month, organized a fitting tribute.

 She wrote:

August 15 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child (one of my personal and culinary heroes!) I was planning to make and post her French bread on that day. The publication of the recipe/bread method in the second volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking was really historic in bringing French bread into the purview of the home baker. […]

The Babes will bake and post on August 15th in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and we would love for the Buddies (that is, anyone who would like to play), to join us in posting on that day. Big thanks to Elle for creating the invitation.

For complete details about this month’s recipe: Susan, Wild Yeast Julia Child’s French Bread August 2012.

And don't let a mere 20 pages of instructions put you off…..

Julia Child – the orignal Bread Baking Babe!

Susan's Bread


Elle's Bread


Natashya's  Bread


Tanna's Bread 


Elizabeth's Bread


Breadchick Mary's Bread


Karen's Bread


Lien's Bread


Gretchen's Bread


I really thought I would make this bread….. Then, once again, I remembered that I would have to eat it all myself.  It rather takes the fun out of it (not to mention putting the calories into me).

For those who don't remember, mon mari  is a Type 1 diabetic (since he had his pancreas removed).  While he can eat anything he chooses, deviating too much from his typical diet, especially with a lot of carbs, can create havoc…. It's just easier for him if he doesn't. And, knowing how much he loves fresh, home made bread, it's nicer of me if I don't.

But do check out the other Babes and their stories of this simple, easy, (20 pages, remember?) bread….

And the Babes are:

 The Bread Baking Babes

Bake My Day – Karen
blog from OUR kitchen – Elizabeth
Feeding My Enthusiasms – Elle
Grain Doe – Gorel
I Like To Cook – Sara
Living in the Kitchen with Puppies – Natashya
Lucullian Delights – Ilva
My Kitchen In Half Cups – Tanna
Notitie Van Lien – Lien

Paulchens FoodBlog – Astrid
The Sour Dough – Breadchick Mary

Wild Yeast – Susan
Provecho Peru – Gretchen

From the BBBBB (Bitchin' Bread Baking Babe Bibliothécaire).


9 thoughts on “Julia Child’s French Bread…. The Babes celebrate a birthday”

  1. All my favorite bread makers! And photos to drool over. It’s been years since I made bread – can’t wait to try it again.
    Thanks for the inspiration, Babes!

  2. Wonderful to see them all together! Especially Mary’s as she remembered to bring the cheese and paté and red wine!!!

  3. Mimi, I’m usually more inspired in cool weather, but these all looked fantastic!
    Baking Soda, yeah…. I can buy a stick, still warm from the oven for 75 cents… Hard to beat.
    Natashya, cheese and wine are a necessary component ;-))
    Tana, 6?!?!? That’s a lot of wine 😉
    You are so welcome, Lien
    Susan, and what a wonderful tribute you organized.

  4. Hey now, wait a minute. I’m sure I remembered to bring wine (a lovely sangiovese – oops!!! shhhhhhh, that’s NOT French)! I certainly remember pouring the wine. And drinking it. And noting how well it went with the bread….
    Excellent roundup, as always, Katie.

  5. Wonderful round up Katie…thanks for doing this each month. Wish I could slip you at least one of the slices through the internet…just enough to not interfere with the diet. Will have to remember next time to add wine to the photo…it does look so good that way…and tastes good, too.

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