Its that time again! I couldn’t be more excited about the start of TWD: Baking with Julia. I have been thinking about, planning out and anxious for this next round of TWD for over a year now. Many emails have flown between myself, Jules, Dorie and a slew of my favorite TWD bakers about how we wanted to tweak this go round. I think we did a handsome job of it. If you have not joined our baking army yet, what are you waiting for? We are 300+ members strong and would love to have you.
Here we go!
The book, Baking with Julia, by the brilliant and ever so sweet Dorie Greenspan. The recipe for this week is White Loaves.
I have bad luck with white bread. I have given it a go several times and always with lackluster results. In fact, I gave it up, until now. I was forced to make this recipe and I am so glad that I was strong armed. This recipe changed my mind. It came out so well on my first try, I made 2 more loaves the following day. I did tweak the recipe the 2nd day by adding a cinnamon swirl* to the dough. To do this, after you have rolled the dough out, put a thin layer of butter on the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, then roll up as instructed. Easy as pie. 🙂
*Old School TWDers- I used the cinnamon swirl recipe from the Raisin Swirl Bread in BFMHTY.
If you are afraid of yeast, or of making your own white bread, don’t be. This recipe is easy to follow and has wonderful results. Jump right in.
Jules is my co-host for the week, please go check out how the bread came out for her. She also has the recipe posted. And if you are interested in what the TWD Baking Army thought, check out the LYL post on the TWD site. I cannot wait to see all the golden loaves.
Check back in 2 weeks when we make Chocolate Tartlets.
27 thoughts on “TWD: Baking with Julia: White Loaves”
Laurie your bread looks fabulous and so professional. I can’t believe you have had trouble in the past because this looks so good. What a great start too for the new group. So many excited participants!! Happy 2012!!
Hi, Laurie! Your loaves look just perfect. I agree this was an awesome recipe for basic white bread and a great way to start the the next chapter of TWD. Have a great Tuesday 🙂
Basic white bread is always a winner in our family
Your bread is so pretty and golden! Great job, Laurie. You and Julie have done a wonderful job putting the group together. Thank you for all your hard work and for making it happen so that all of us can bake together!
Those look amazing. I did cinnamon chips because I’m lazy, but I think I’ll have to try the swirl next. Glad to be on another adventure with you!
I loved this bread and I am glad you were strong armed into making it! 🙂 Thanks for starting us off on another baking adventure! Cinnamon swirl was delectable!
Very nice looking bread! Im looking fwd to baking with you again!
So exciting to get back into the TWD routine and this time I get to start at the beginning instead of just four months into it! Your bread looks great…wonderful pick (you know I am a bit fond of bread baking and all)…and when I saw on Twitter that you were adding cinnamon to yours I was just plain jealous of that whole deal. I’m sure Katrina probably found a way to add chocolate into this somehow…I haven’t been over to check yet, but it would not surprise me, lol! How well we all know each other at this point, right? Thanks so much for adding this to your “to do” list each week, we are all extremely grateful. In the words of someone Now Famous, “Bake On!” xo
Lovely loaves, Laurie! I’m so glad this helped you break your streak of unsuccessful white bread experiences!
They look beautiful, Laurie.
Excited to be a part of this go-round of TWD – thank you (and Jules) for keeping things going.
Your loaves look great! I’m looking forward to continuing this TWD journey!
looks great ! and I envy your cinnamony one !!!
Beautiful!!! Thanks for leading us through our first recipe 🙂
Thanks for putting this all together! That raisin swirl in these sounds amazing!
so good…i could use another couple of loaves myself!
This has been so fun already! I could not wait to come home and read all the posts. Thanks for doing this. It is awesome! Love the cinnamon sugar swirl idea.
The bread looks great! Thanks for hosting!
Your bread is lovely and what a perfect recipe for a cinnamon swirl! Great job on this and especially on the new TWD – it’s off to a rousing start. And I’m up to my old habits, posted mine just before midnight!
White loaves have never looked so gorgeous! Great job.
I’m so excited to be back to baking and blogging. Thanks for doing this again! Your loaves look great!
Look at those beautiful loaves!!! thanks for the tips on this one while I was baking 🙂 can’t wait to make it again
I agree – thanks for this pick – it was fab bread and a cinch to make.
Your loaves look awesome… I’m glad Julia and Dorie helped you conquer yeast once and for all. 🙂
Those loaves look perfect. I’m so glad you and Jules started another round of TwD. There seems to be a bunch of us from French Fridays that are jumping on board! Thanks so much.
My loaves were pretty great for such a simple recipe. I’m going back a bit, but I baked with y’all just hadn’t posted it.