Crusty French Bread
I write in all my cookbooks. When I make a recipe from one of my books, I’ll note in the margin if I liked it, was it dry, did I change something. Someday, someone else will have those cookbooks, and just like blogging here, I want the new owners to know what I thought of those recipes.
Sometimes it’s just a few stars next to the name of the recipe. I feel even more strongly about a handwritten recipe card. Odds are that recipe will be good. After all, it was good enough for someone to take the time and write out the recipe. And if there are stains on the card? Then you know it’s a real keeper. Those stains are earned. From the recipe being made over, and over. I don’t make a bad recipe a second time, do you?
I have at least 50 cookbooks, but I’m always on the lookout for more. I like the used ones. Yard sales, book sales, used book stores. I prefer the older books. I don’t want to say the new fancy cookbooks aren’t good, but I love traditional recipes, things my Grandma would have made.
I was beyond excited when I found Pillsbury‘s Bake Off Breads Cook Book at Goodwill a few weeks ago. Copyright 1968. This book has held it’s value, I paid $3.00 for it, the original price was $3.95. And I love to bake bread. There’s just something about eating homemade bread with a meal. Kneading dough, it’s relaxing to me. Not every bread recipe is a keeper. Sometimes it’s the recipe, sometimes, it’s just getting the technique down. One of these days I will master a sourdough starter but so far…no luck. This French Bread recipe is a keeper. I’ve made it 3 times already. One of the loaves, we turned into a french toast casserole that I’ll share with you on Friday.
Crusty French Bread 2 loaves
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