Daring Bakers Go French, Bread That Is….

Technically it’s 11:25pm, so I am 35 minutes early for posting this, but tomorrow is crazy for me, so sorry for cheating by a few minutes!

This month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Mary from The Bread Chick. She chose a lovely French Bread Recipe where you can find HERE. We could choose to make our bread into a number of different ways, like one big loaf, little loaves, round, oval, you name it, we had all sorts of options.

I chose the giant big oval loaf, literally! It turned out much larger than I expected it to. It was almost comical pulling out of the oven because it was so big, but overall, it looked pretty decent considering I’m certainly no bread baker!!

It was nice to slice into this monster loaf, it started to look like “normal” bread. Who doesn’t like a few giant pads of butter to go along with their giant French Bread??!!

A little bread with your butter?

We could also top our bread with whatever we wanted, so after I photographed the “big loaf” I decided to go back to my childhood days in the lunchroom cafeteria. I soooo remember ordering the French Bread Pizza Boat. So, at 10:00pm I was making my pizza boat.

Long live the Pizza Boat!

This was a great challenge. I think I had most fun with the pizza boat, check out other Daring Bakers to see what they did with their French Bread! And who knows, you might be ready for next month’s challenge!! Bonsoir!

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42 Responses
  1. Playful Professional

    This definitely makes me want French bread pizza, but I think I’m going to be buying my French bread (unless you want to send me some of yours).

  2. Catherine Wilkinson

    Good grief! Baking that late???
    Wow – I’m in pajamas, watching American Idol by 8pm! That’s a BEAUTIFUL bread and the creativity with the pizza boats…very very nice! You are a wonder! Kudos for food dedication and the photos just keep getting better!

  3. Deborah

    I love the pizza boat!! I was actually thinking of doing this in one big loaf, so I’m glad to see that it worked out.

  4. Melanie

    LOVE the pizza boat idea (total flashback to cafeteria lunches although yours definitely looks much more gourmet and palatable!).

  5. LeAnne

    It looks delicious! One of our favorite things to do is to make French Bread pizza. One of these days I’ll get ambitious and try homemade French Bread!

  6. Proud Italian Cook

    Jenny, I love your giant loaf, and what a perfect idea for pizza!Bread and butter’s not to shabby either!!Yummmm

  7. Passionate baker...& beyond

    Whoaaaa Jenny…what a great loaf & I LOVE the pizza boat. Can see you’ve enjoyed this challenge a load….giant pads of butter & childhood memories revisited. I enjoyed mine too. CLAP CLAP!! Lol Deeba

  8. Kim A

    WOW…you just keep outdoing yourself! I mean from one television appearance to the next….to your 6 dish cooking demonstration for the “women’s conference”…to whipping up your pizza boat at 10:00 PM…you’re just out of this world! Still laughing about your pre-teen “mullit” comment! Love ya 😀

  9. Cakespy

    Wow, the texture is just beautiful. This one looks like my kind of loaf, and pizza makes everything better!

  10. Birdie

    Great Job Jenny! The pizza looks great. I made 2 baguettes for the challenge so maybe pizza is the way to go for the next loaf. Thanks for the tag. Now I just have to think of 5 interesting things about myself.

  11. Jenny

    I have been wondering what to do with my slightly larger loaf of the three, and your pizza has completely inspired me. Looks so delicious!

  12. Gretchen Noelle

    I don;t think you can say you are not a bread baker anymore! You did a fabulous job with the breads and a great job with the pizza! Makes me hungry for more french bread!

  13. Ames Family

    I just found your blog through google when I was looking for a Paradise Bakery oatmeal chocolate chipper cookie recipe. I love your recipe blog! Thanks for the great ideas.

  14. Tracy

    Hey, just wanted to say you looked great on FN. You are a natural on TV. Your mac & cheese looked great.

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