I made another batch of "French" bread. This time I used Julia Child's recipe, which is very similar to the other recipes I've used, except that it calls for longer rising times. The rising took about 8 hours, in total, I think. The recipe certainly isn't more difficult, it just takes more planning. As I'm in a cabin all day, I don't have that hard of a time in scheduling bread baking, believe it or not. Here are the finished loaves. I'm not sure why the tops are so dark- maybe too much steam?
For Christmas, Carolyn and CR gave me a little knitted polar bear ornament. I was intrigued by its construction, and set about to duplicate it. The brown bear in the picture is my attempt to do that.
Another book that I picked up from the library- A Blessing of Bread- has yielded lots of recipes that I want to try (Israeli Pita Bagels, anyone?). At the moment, I have a batch of Lithuanian Challah rising in the oven. Unlike most Challah recipes, it's made without any eggs, except for the final egg wash.