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Candidate for Wall of Grotesque-shaped Bread

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cake diva

Candidate for Wall of Grotesque-shaped Bread

For my fourth attempt at baguettes, I made KAF's Classic Baguettes especially after reading all the glowing declarations of success, even from first-timers.  I figured, hey, I took a one-week class on artisanal bread so I might be able to achieve some measure of success with the Holy Grail of breadmaking.


Wrong!  Once again, here's one for the birds.  And the shapes qualify to be hung on our infamous wall.


weird baguette


So I just made myself a BLTA using my pan bread, tomatoes from the garden, and my favorite Oscar Mayer bacon.  I love bacon!


BLTA


And had one of my daughter's fruit tart for dessert.  Oh, those are Parisian macarons on the cake tray.  That was part of her baking lesson for the day.


tarts


I live to try baguettes another day.

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Paddyscake

The shaping is arty, but I bet it tastes good!


We enjoyed BC BLT's last night. I had 2 Blue Cheese stuffed rolls left in the freezer. Oh my..blue cheese, walnuts, bacon, lettuce and tomato, oh my! Good thing there were ony 2 rolls left.


Looks like there's alot of talent in your household. The roses set tha macaroons off beautifully and the tarts look divine.


Betty

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cake diva

Betty,


Those are 2 of my favorite foods.  Yummm!


Thanks for the compliment.  My daughter appreciates good food when she sees it, but I have to drag her to teach her how to cook and bake. I am hoping that if I can take away some of the fear of the unknown, she may be less intimidated in the kitchen. --- cake diva

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farina22

Betty,


I have a bit of reassurance for you--I used to whine and whimper when my mother tried to get me into the kitchen. I was so worried that if I learned to cook, somehow that would ruin my chances of a "career". But the universe played one of its droll tricks on me. By the time I was 30, I was studying to be a chef at CIA and now I have close to 30 years under my belt as a chef and restaurant consultant. Of course, my breadbaking is just a hobby, like my knitting and gardening (which means I'm obsessed and just wish I didn't have to work for a living!). Anyway, keep encouraging your daughter. If she likes good food, eventually she may realize it's really worth it to do it herself!

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vtreejod

but I would totally pick that front loaf out for myself! I would actually BUY that. I love the funky shaped loaves. Way more character. The dog bone ones are great - you get a nice bulb of crumb at each end and some great crusts in the middle! yum!

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mrfrost

Yes. Despite the shapes, the bread looks delicious. Looks like you got great oven spring, and a crispy/crackly crust.


I did their no knead baguettes. They turned out pretty good. Tasted great, but I did not get that "blown up" oven spring yours seemed to have achieved. Bet you had some good holes too.

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smasty

It looks like you must have had a great day together in the kitchen.  I love your bread..."funky!"...

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Angie-la

So often I look at the picture that people post on this site and feel discouraged that my loaves rarely come out looking so gorgeous.  I try to reassure myself that it's just because these people are only posting their best loaves and that they MUST have some less ideal looking ones too.   Your post made my day!  Finally, someone who isn't afraid to celebrate their "goofs".  And bless you vtreejod for appreciating the unquiness of hand formed loaves and seeking out the funky ones that others turn their noses up at!

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cake diva

And vtreejod, I did think the front one looked like those giant dog bone chews.  My daughter thought the middle one looked like a weapon; me- it reminded me of a Klingon forehead. We had a good laugh over these.


Farina22, I hope you're right.  You should've seen the look of terror on this girl's face when I asked her to feed my starter.  But I think she secretly enjoys the time we have together in the kitchen. 


Thanks for the encouragement! --- cake diva

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JoeV

Is there really a wall of shame? If so, I would like to contribute my first attempt at hamburger and hot dog rolls...



 



 


Just so you know, if I can improve, anyone can improve. Here are later attempts at hamburger buns and hogie rolls.


 


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cake diva

Those first bun attempts are funny-looking!  Did you hide them before anyone could see them?  But look how beautiful the newer ones are- and they look scrumptious.


Floyd, can you start a Wall of Shame?  We can all use a good laugh once in a while.

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audra36274

   incriminating evidence before the family see's it, and they never laugh or complain. They may joke among themselves, but who are they gonna tell? The turkeys?

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JoeV

My son happened to walk in the door as my disasters were exiting the oven, and suggested coating them with butter and sprinkling garlic powder and grated Parmesan cheese on the rolls (look closely at the pic and see the cheese. LOL). We did that, and later ate them with pasta and salad that my wife made for dinner that evening. Despite being ugly ducklings, they were quite tasty.