August 14, 2010

Dutch Oven Bread and a Giveaway


I tend to focus most of my baking on sweets: cakes, cookies, cupcakes, ice creams, etc.  Since I don't really eat what I make, I like to give it away, those extra lbs. have fortuitously been kept at bay.   But lately I've been yearning to bake something different.  Something that I don't normally make and would actually want to keep for myself.  Something like....bread!

There's nothing better than a slice of warm, crusty bread with a smear of creamy butter.   So simple, so straightforward, so delicious.  

I'd heard about a bread that requires almost no-kneading and is baked in a Dutch oven.    Mark Bittman was the first to write about it in the New York Times and then Cook's Illustrated came along and made their little tweaks, as they do so well, and improved upon the recipe.

This bread is so easy to make you wouldn't believe it.  It literally takes less than 5 minutes of prep and the rest of the time is spent letting the dough rise and then baking it in the oven.   Be forewarned: the smell of fresh baked bread permeates throughout your house like a drug.   This bread is crusty, chewy and has great texture; all it needs is your favorite topping. 

 
Now to the giveaway...

The people at CSN Stores contacted me recently to see if I wanted to participate in a giveaway.  I checked out their websites to make sure everything was legit and I wholeheartedly give them my seal of approval.  It's a great source for  just about anything, especially cookware and bakeware.    

So what's up for grabs?  A  $40 CSN gift certificate.  Why not use it to get your own Dutch oven and bake some of this bread?  Me, I'm partial to Le Creuset.


To enter, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post by 12pm PST Friday August 20th.  The winner will be chosen randomly.

What's your favorite bread and how do you like to eat it? 

FYI:  One comment per person and you must include your email address to be eligible.  CSN only ships to addresses in the US and Canada.   There may be international shipping charges for Canadian addresses.

Good Luck!


No-Knead Bread (from Cook's Illustrated)

3 cups (15 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1/4 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 tsp table salt
3/4 cup + 2 Tbls water (7 oz) at room temperature
1/4 cup + 2 Tbls mild lager (3 oz) at room temperature
1 Tbls white vinegar

Whisk flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Add water, beer, and vinegar. Using rubber spatula, fold mixture, scraping up dry flour from bottom of bowl until shaggy ball forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 18 hours.

Lay 12- by 18-inch sheet of parchment paper inside 10-inch skillet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and knead 10 to 15 times. Shape dough into ball by pulling edges into middle. Transfer dough, seam-side down, to parchment-lined skillet and spray surface of dough with nonstick cooking spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size and does not readily spring back when poked with finger, about 2 hours.

About 30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to lowest position, place 6- to 8-quart heavy-bottomed Dutch oven (with lid) on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly flour top of dough and, using razor blade or sharp knife, make one 6-inch-long, 1/2-inch-deep slit along top of dough. Carefully remove pot from oven and remove lid. Pick up dough by lifting parchment overhang and lower into pot (let any excess parchment hang over pot edge). Cover pot and place in oven. Reduce oven temperature to 425 degrees and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to bake until loaf is deep brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 210 degrees, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Carefully remove bread from pot; transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. 

106 comments:

  1. My favorite bread is a French baguette with soft goat cheese.

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  2. Anonymous8/14/2010

    my favorite bread is french bread I like to dip it in a mixture of condensed milk, which is just boiling water with a a couple of tablespoons of condensed milk, my dad would make this for me as a special breakfast treat1

    Diane
    lilaznjewel@yahoo.com

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  3. Anonymous8/14/2010

    My favorite bread is also french bread best eaten as a vietnames sandwhich!

    nancy
    glass_of_shadowed_milk@yahoo.com

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  4. Anonymous8/14/2010

    My favorite bread are english muffins, are they considered bread, but I love them toasted and slathered with peanut butter!

    dn_trang09@yahoo.com

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  5. Anonymous8/14/2010

    OH banana bread with the works, oozy dark chocolate chunks, pecans, and flecked with coconut

    duzie99@gmail.com

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  6. Anonymous8/14/2010

    French baguette with a crunchy crust topped with some sort of pungent cheese.

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  7. Recipe looks fantastic, can't wait to try it!

    I love a rustic bread with mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and a little bit of olive oil and sea salt. Yum!
    bernzy88@gmail.com

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  8. Anonymous8/14/2010

    French baguette tops with goat cheese

    bkmarket@sbcglobal.net

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  9. Anonymous8/14/2010

    I love brioche!

    lil.donut@yahoo.com

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  10. Anonymous8/14/2010

    For me it would be challah

    mistynight91@yahoo.com

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  11. Anonymous8/14/2010

    Im a southern girl I love me some cornbread

    glassy89@yahoo.com

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  12. Anonymous8/14/2010

    skyrocket2021@yahoo.com

    My favorite is fresh focaccia with herbs, cheese, and onion

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  13. Anonymous8/14/2010

    Recently I been addicted to hummus with naan!

    lil.pineapple@yahoo.com

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  14. Anonymous8/14/2010

    Raisin cinnamon swirled bagels, with cream cheese!

    trangfonda@gmail.com

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  15. My own bread with lots of garlic/honey butter.

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  16. Sourdough! Preferably warm with lots of butter.

    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  17. Katherine8/14/2010

    Focaccia with garlic, herbs, and cheese.

    auntiekake at gmail dot com

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  18. I like a fresh baguette with some goat cheese spread on it.

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  19. I like sourdough toasted with some honey and butter on it. YUM
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  20. mmmm, any bread as long as there's butter!! (Correction: any homemade bread!)

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  21. Anonymous8/14/2010

    My favorite bread is Sourdough bread... using a dutch oven of course.... Luck you... I can't afford a Le Creuset. Nothing beats fresh bread!
    Thanks for the giveaway.. keeping my fingers crossed.
    LeeYong rolfmester@yahoo.com

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  22. Anonymous8/14/2010

    My all time favorite bread is without a doubt a nice dark loaf of pumpernickel. It makes any lunchtime sandwich ten times better!
    clmccollum11@yahoo.com

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  23. Anonymous8/14/2010

    My favorite bread is pumpernickel

    jaded_dragon78@yahoo.com

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  24. Hmmm... let's see. My very favorite bread is fresh pumpernickel slathered with a thin layer of cold Irish butter - be still my heart. If fresh pumpernickel isn't available, I'll accept a really good quality loaf of french Italian bread.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  25. Homemade raisin bread fresh out of the oven with butter. The best part is sharing it with my 2 kids!

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  26. San Fransisco sour-dough and with whipped butter!

    brianne.hawes @ gmail.com

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  27. Elizabeth8/14/2010

    Baguette with ham, butter and cornichons.

    evth@mac.com

    Good post!

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  28. Anonymous8/14/2010

    Vietnamese Beef Curry served with toasted loaves of Bánh Mì for dipping.

    tdlzing@gmail.com

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  29. I love Ciabatta bread dipped in herbed olive oil or French bread generously slathered with butter.

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  30. Sourdough with butter and orange marmalade!

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  31. Anonymous8/14/2010

    Being from Alabama and a southern gal, I'd say sourdough with apple butter!

    <3 TARAmisu
    tmhilliard@una.edu

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  32. Nicely done! I have to admit I've never tried a no knead bread, but this looks so easy and beautiful I will have to try it.

    My favorite guilty pleasure bread would be home made white milk bread, simply toasted with butter!

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  33. toasted ciabatta!
    with butter and pomegranate jellay.

    lovely post! this bread looks oh so good

    kaylaabe@yahoo.com

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  34. soft bread with olives baked inside dipped in hummus is absolutely heavenly

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  35. I love ciabatta with butter! Simple and so tasty! I'll be trying this recipe - thanks!

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  36. I love a crusty french baquette slathered in strawberry jam! YOu can't get much better than that!

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  37. Anonymous8/15/2010

    Even though it's totally unavailable to me now, my favorite bread is Georgian puri, fresh and still warm. Doesn't need a thing else.

    Kim
    kas1@williams.edu

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  38. don't you loved the no-knead bread? and you're right, the LC dutch oven does wonders for it.

    so hands down favorite bread is irish soda bread. dense, hearty and perfect warm and slathered with butter. it's like chicken soup or a cup of tea for me!

    cheers,

    *heather*

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  39. I've wanted to make this bread for a long time now, but I don't have a dutch oven! I am wondering if it would do well in just a pot with a lid...? Hmmm, yours looks lovely though!

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  40. My favorite bread is focaccia and I like it dipped in olive oil or grilled as part of a sandwich.

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  41. My favorite bread is my recipe for batards (http://fraichement.tumblr.com/post/553678808). Sure, I've tasted sour sourdoughs, and perfectly crispy baguettes, but nothing tastes better than what's made in your own kitchen.

    Alexandria
    alexandria.vasquez@gmail.com

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  42. My favourite is the bread a store in my hometown used to make - it was called "Light Sour Rye," not because it was "light" in the diet sense, but as in the opposite of a dark rye. It was so soft and so good. I used to take a loaf back to college with me when I'd go home for holidays. Unfortunately, it's been a long time since it's been available.

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  43. Banana bread!!

    danielleslpr@gmail.com

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  44. I love simple bread made with almond flour (something I only recently tried). Yum!

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  45. I like the no-knead bread I've been making lately with 1/3 sourdough rye....drenched in butter too!

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  46. Sourdough, with good butter and honey!!!

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  47. My favorite bread is sweet Hawaiian Bread with fresh, homemade cinnamon butter

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  48. Your bread looks lovely! It has a great crumb to it.

    My favorite bread is Italian with lots of sesame seeds on top. I love how toasty they get.

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  49. The crust and crumb on your bread looks lovely! I really must try making this some time - my Le Creuset hasn't had a work out in a good while.

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  50. A super chewy and dark French Baguette with butter and fleur de sel.

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  51. Sourdough with avocado, mascarpone, and salt!
    marnichan@gmail.com

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  52. My favorite bread is Italian, especially good with good olive oil & balsamic vinegar for dipping. bookjunkie55@gmail.com

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  53. I love no-knead bread. I actually make up a no-knead dough that has no sugar in it and once it rises I divide it into 1/3's and place 2/3 in the fridge for use up to a week and a half later. It is great and super-handy!

    My favorite bread though is from the NORML Bakery in Geneva, NY. It is an organic provolone pepperoni artisan bread that makes the absolute best grilled cheese sandwich I have ever had!

    Jason
    jasonmcdermott@gmail.com

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  54. Crusty french bread with big holes and an outside that crackles and an inside that is white chewy and best the day its baked.

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  55. I love making no-knead bread (I use the Cook's Illustrated recipe, too). I'm pretty sure there's some magic going on; how else to explain why it takes so little effort to make something so yummy?

    My favorite boughten bread is the Cyrus Pringle loaf from Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex, Vt. It's made from organic wheat grown in Vermont, and is just perfect lightly toasted, with sweet butter and a sprinkling of salt. You can't beat the basics when they taste so good.

    ourgirljane@gmail.com

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  56. I love beer bread (another super easy to make bread), fresh out of the oven. Its great all by itself!

    I'd love to try out making some dutch oven bread!
    nestraknitter@yahoo.com

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  57. my favorite bread is my mother's banana bread topped with cream cheese. it's SO GOOD!

    thanks for this recipe. can't wait to try it out.

    sayitaintsuzy AT gmail DOT com

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  58. Freshly baked zucchini bread with cream cheese... French bread with roasted garlic... cinnamon raisin bread with cream cheese... I could go on and on!

    This bread looks delicious - I can't wait to make it!

    annecvermeulen AT hotmail DOT com

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  59. Just recently discovered the caprese sandwich. o. m. g. delicious.
    Fave: ciabatta bread with fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoe slices. best grilled... must go eat now...

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  60. o forgot email: illuminatian@gmail.com

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  61. My favorite bread is a crusty baguette dipped in oil and spices. Yum!!

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  62. thuthen8/16/2010

    san francisco sourdough bread by acme bakery with salami--childhood fav. even after braces tightened, would suck on the crusty bread until it disintegrated.

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  63. Jessica8/16/2010

    Sourdoughs with a lot of butter.

    Gjkylira@yahoo.com

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  64. my favorite bread is sourdough. i love pairing it with a smear of garlic aioli mustard, topped with salami, fresh mozzarella balls, tomatoes, and basil leaves.

    email: wlouie84@gmail.com

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  65. Ashley B.8/16/2010

    I love fresh french bread with a little butter, brie and a radish dipped in salt on the side!

    alburguiere@gmail.com

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  66. Acme pain au levain with butter and honey, boo yah.

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  67. Anonymous8/16/2010

    french bread with butter

    jiyounga2000@yahoo.com

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  68. My favorite bread is olive bread, which I like to eat warm with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    slycecakes@gmail.com

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  69. Crusty baguette with fresh butter, sliced radishes, and fleur de sel.

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  70. Now I am hungry. I love a baguette toasted into crostini with good olive oil and some fresh herbs

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  71. I love a yeasty (gluten free!) boule -- also baked in a dutch oven! -- toasted and dipped in good extra-virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper, and kosher salt!

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  72. Baguette with the soft part scooped out. Then, filled with tuna, harissa and a bit of olive oil -I know it probably sounds gross, but it is something I ate as a child - delish!

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  73. Homemade 3 day raise rye with goat brie melted on the top!

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  74. Anonymous8/16/2010

    My favorite is cinnamon raisin bread toasted.

    Sinkatang@gmail.com

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  75. Dianna8/16/2010

    I have so many favorites! I love a good sourdough for sourdough sausage stuffing. I love a good Italian with a garlicky leek soup dip. And a good bagel with poppyseeds, sesame seeds, garlic and onion served warm and slathered with butter! Who can choose only one?? Not me!! I don't have the equipment for the no knead bread yet but am dying to try it. I love the idea of having it in the fridge and being able to take some out and cook it fresh...YUM

    buckwheatb@comcast.net

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  76. I love me some banana bread and I have even found myself eating it warm with butter!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  77. Fresh and warm sourdough with a generous amount of butter...so delicious :)

    krystleredley@gmail.com

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  78. Anonymous8/16/2010

    I love a French baguette with real butter...simple.

    tymlowe@yahoo.com

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  79. Grange sourdough rolls that I make--they are made with milk so they are a little sweet--I don't put anything on them!

    amy.e.bravo@gmail.com

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  80. Sourdough fresh from the oven with homemade butter - YUM! I'm glad to have found your blog and this recipe. I can't wait to try it!

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  81. mritchey8/16/2010

    My favorite bread is dense malted wheat bread, toasted, with butter.

    Mritchey2@yahoo.com

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  82. 5 minute a day has become our favorite in Montana

    Rich
    rcspott@yahoo.com

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  83. a warm baguette with a runny brie

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  84. Anonymous8/16/2010

    i love me some challah (or zopf) with butter and raspberry jam (confiture)! so delicious!!

    rooslori@yahoo.com

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  85. I think this bread looks amazing I bet the flavour is fantastic with the lager in it too.
    Thanks for posting this :)
    My favourite bread would be -- hmm so hard to choose ... I think sweet dark rye.

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  86. My favorite bread is cibatta and I usually eat it toasted with some butter or lightly toasted with nutella and strawberries :)

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  87. I am sorry I forgot to post my email it is lins55@aol.com

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  89. Oh my, so hard to choose a favorite. I could live on bread alone! I guess today I would pick sourdough. Love, love, love it!

    (I deleted my previous since I forgot my email. It is clehman222@gmail(dot)com)
    Thanks!

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  90. fresh baked croissant with butter and jam....mmm!

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  91. I love love love salted rye bread with cream cheese spread. I grew up on it and it always brings back fond memories of my childhood.

    samilynn87@yahoo.com

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  92. Christina8/17/2010

    The best is a freshly baked loaf of Pugliese served with warm Shallot and White Wine Brie. Yummy!

    christina.kashiwada@gmail.com

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  93. Mackenzie8/17/2010

    My favorite bread is oatmeal cinnamon swirl bread, eaten sliced and broiled with butter and a pinch of sugar. It's my family's Christmas bread.

    mkcx@hotmail.com

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  94. Hoda Elshamy8/17/2010

    My favorite bread is something like the italian breadstick they serve at the Olive Garden,it's called feeno.I was born in Egypt and the soft feeno with the pita bread is a staple in the Egyptian breakfast and dinner.I like to eat it as a sandwich stuffed with Egyptian style romano cheese and pieces of Basstirma(fillet mignon cured with garlic and spices,famous in Egypt and Turkey)with a cup of tea.

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  95. My favorite bread is a French baguette eaten with Brie cheese. I've never tried making no-knead bread, but your loaf looks so pretty I'm going to soon!

    ibakebittersweet@gmail.com

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  96. Anonymous8/18/2010

    French Bread with lots of butter and sugar....
    bonj67@comcast.net

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  97. Anonymous8/19/2010

    I have two favorites: french baguette eaten with comte cheese or brie, and the other is Vietnamese banh mi with bbq pork, cilantro, and pickled relishes.

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  98. Anonymous8/19/2010

    My favorite is fresh long thin french baguette eaten with just about anything like dipping into curry sauce, brie or comte cheese, or with over easy eggs.

    tramanh817@yahoo.com

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  99. my favorite bread is a baguette and when I was little we used to dip it in condensed milk.

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  100. Sadly (or not!) I love almost all breads, it just depends on the situation. A rustic pumpernickel for sandwiches, a baguette with cheese or herbs & oil. A crusty any kind with some butter & maybe a little honey. And who can forget garlic bread!? Pretty much anything but white sandwich bread will make me a happy girl but I must say that if it's fresh & hot out of the oven, the scent wafting throughout the house makes me melt. I would love to try this recipe with a new LeCruset dutch oven!
    kdickins@gmail.com

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  101. If I had to pick just one it would be warm cinnamon raisin bread toasted with butter and cinnamon sprinkled on top. That and a cup of coffee will start any day great!! connelly.ann@gmail.com

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  102. There's really nothing better than tearing off a piece of fresh sourdough bread. I use it for sandwiches and french toast, but best on it's own! pointacupressure@gmail.com

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  103. Name a favorite bread? That's like trying to decide which of your children you love the most. Not possible. But since you're twisting my arm, I'd have to say super sour sourdough. Toasted. With homemade butter. (gone to Happy Place) I'm gonna go hug my children and kiss my bread.... or is that kiss my children and hug my bread....?

    april_8114@yahoo.com

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  104. Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
    I recently launched my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! :) Thanks!
    www.prettygoodfood.com

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  105. This is great! I've made this kind of no-knead bread in my outdoor dutch ovens, baking using charcoal, on my back porch. I love it!

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