Tag: #CookForJulia

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Happy Birthday Julia!

I don’t have anything new at the moment, but I couldn’t let the day go by without posting birthday greetings to Julia Child. Today would have been her 102th birthday, and she probably would have been in her kitchen, cooking up something simple and marvelous to celebrate. She defied age and convention, and lived a ...

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#CookForJulia #JC100 Reine De Saba (Queen of Sheba) Chocolate Almond Cake

Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. In Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Julia calls Queen of Sheba chocolate almond cake her “all-time favorite”, and in The Way To Cook she tells us that it was the first French cake she ever ate, made by her friend and co-author, Simca (Simone Beck Fischbacher), ...

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#CookForJulia French Bread in Real Time Pt. 4

The dough was turned onto a pizza peel dusted with cornmeal, slashed with a crosshatch pattern, and put in a 450 deg. F preheated oven on a baking stone. Julia says to toss 1/2 cup of water onto the bottom of the oven, but I am not sure what that will do to my oven, ...

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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: