Tag: baking

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#CookForJulia French Bread In Real Time Pt. 3

This is the forming step, took about 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, lift one side of the dough up and over almost to the other side. Turn the dough a quarter turn or so, and keep lifting the side of the ball with your palm. You will see the dough ball becoming more ...

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#CookForJulia French Bread In Real Time Pt. 2

I conscripted The Boy to take photos (he was easily bought with tiny lumps of raw bread dough-I must be doing something right). So the next step after the first rise is to deflate, or “punch down” in old-timey terms. You don’t so much punch it as flatten and fold it.

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#CookForJulia French Bread In Real Time!

Bread is another one of those mystical culinary creations that everyone thinks they can’t make, and many have not even tried. Yet, it is one of the simplest, most pleasant, and most truly satisfying foods you can pull from your oven. I mean, look at the ingredients:

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#CookForJulia Pâte Brisée Fine (Pie Crust/Pastry Dough)

My mother makes great pies. She is the go-to pie woman in our family, whenever California family members are getting together to eat (which is all the time). She learned from her mother, who learned from her mother. I stood at her elbow for years, watching her vigorously mix the white vegetable shortening into the ...