Bread Baking Babes turn 6, and fold (and fold)

In honor of our 6th Anniversary, Lien, of Notitie van Lien and our host kitchen for this auspicious month
wanted the Babes to stretch a bit.

And they folded.

Then they stretched.

And folded.

What – the Babes couldn’t get their act together to celebrate?

Don’t be silly

BBB logo February 2014

Lien had this wonderful recipe for Rgaïf (no, I don’t know how to pronounce it…. which is why I’m typing, not dictating. Sheesh!) She had been waiting for just the right moment to try and the 6th Anniversary Bread was it..

I’ll let you in on a little secret…. I had actually been thinking about baking the bread this month. I had guests for a long weekend, so I thought I could bake the bread and have lots of help eating it.

Then I read this bit: The dough needs to be stretched ‘thinner than paper’ then folded and cooked in a skillet.

I looked at my kitchen counters (butcher block is not good for working with dough); I assessed my abilities (negligible); factored in the very high risk of acute embarrassment (I thought you could cook / bake / were a food blogger) and decided to let the other Babes show off their skills without me. I’ll stick to what I know – showcasing their brilliantly capable endeavors.

As it turns out, the other Babes, who actually made the bread, said that not only was it wonderful, it really was pretty easy.

Some like it sweet, some like it plain and some like it savory.

So…. Do as they do, not as I say and check it out for yourself at Notitie can Lien. Get the recipe and details for being a Bread Baking Buddy and have some fun.

Lien’s Rgaïf 


Jamie’s Rgaïf 

Cathy’s Rgaïf 


Aparna’s Rgaïf 


Tanna’s Rgaïf 


Ilva’s Rgaïf 


 Heather’s Rgaïf 
Natashya’s Rgaïf 

And in other news:

A very warm welcome to the newest Babes:

Aparna from My Diverse Kitchen

Cathy from Bread Experience

And the Babes are:

 The Bread Baking Babes

Bake My Day – Karen
blog from OUR kitchen – Elizabeth
Bread Experience – Cathy
Feeding My Enthusiasms – Elle
girlichef – Heather
Life’s a Feast – Jamie
Living in the Kitchen with Puppies – Natashya
Lucullian Delights – Ilva
My Diverse Kitchen — Aparna
My Kitchen In Half Cups – Tanna
Notitie Van Lien – Lien

And me…. Thyme for Cooking – Katie 

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

Last Updated on February 17, 2014

10 thoughts on “Bread Baking Babes turn 6, and fold (and fold)”

  1. Katie you always make us look so good and you write ups are always wonderfully creative. Thank you so much!
    Actually this one was really easy and I think would probably do well on butcher block, certainly the one video was done on wood. I was sort of astounded by how quickly this came together and how very quickly I learned the folding technique. Maybe the most important take away to get thin was to re-flatten each square before throwing it in the pan. I can see why so many cultures have a variation on this bread.

  2. I agree, you definitely could’ve managed this one on a butcher block. Though it kind of looks and sounds scary, it could not have been easier! I didn’t even have a single “sticking” problem. Thank you for bringing all of us together so eloquently 🙂

  3. It’s actually ridiculously easy – especially if you are like me and pretend not to notice the instruction about avoiding holes.

    Happy anniversary!!

    (I finally managed to get my post online)

  4. I did do the stretching of the dough on a largish wooden cutting board as my kitchen counter space just isn’t enough for this kind of thing.
    Thanks for the welcome and the lovely round-up.

  5. Wonderful roundup, Katie, but you should definitely try these… I actually halved the recipe and made smaller balls since I only had a wooden cutting board which actually worked quite well. But mine are the clunkiest as I couldn’t get the hang of the stretching so I will definitely be doing these again….

  6. Thanks, Babes…. You’ve convinced me – at least convinced me to be braver. Kneading dough on the butcher block used to present problems (sometimes) which is why I didn’t think it would work well. I was wrong…. Sigh… ‘-))

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