Monday, November 26, 2007

I have found my calling: Daring Baker's Tender Potato Bread



I have officially completed my very first challenge for the Daring Bakers!!! This month's challenge was hosted be Tanna from My Kitchen in Half Cups. Thank you Tanna for helping me to continue working on my bread skills!


Let me just say something in regards to my title for this post. It has been awhile now that I have been up this late or early in the morning turning something in for a project, if you will. I am very familiar with late nights and long papers. However when I was doing school work I was staying up till midnight to turn in my paper at 11:59pm of that day so it would not be late. Well how do you like me now?? Here I am staying up waiting anxiously for the clock to strike 12:00am, so I can post my challenge as early as possible. Geez, talk about a change.


Back to the bread! The potato bread was something very new to me, using actual potatoes in a dough. I opted for about 10-13oz. of Idaho and Russet potatoes on different occasions. The dough gave my arms and hands quite the workout, it was by far the stickiest dough I have worked with to date.


Tanna allowed us to choose different shapes for our dough, and we were also allowed to further challenge ourselves by coming up with other possible savory ways to bake this dough.


The first day I made my bread I stayed safe and baked a loaf and some rolls. The bread looked fluffy and tasted great!! I used the leftovers from dinner to make egg salad sandwiches later on that week.


My second round with the dough was where I challenged myself by making stuffed bread. When I was working at Flour Bakery+Cafe in Boston one of the daily specials was a different variety of stuffed bread. Some days I would peek in on the chef to see how he stuffed our house-made focaccia bread with savory fillings. Although I had never learned how to do so directly, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I tried and I succeeded. The stuffed bread on my menu was Roast Rib eye, Spinach, Caramelized Onions, and Sharp Cheddar Cheese. My family loved it, and although I felt I could have left it in the oven for a bit longer, I was satisfied.


I think I am done here. Congrats to all the Daring Bakers out there who completed this month's challenge. Thank you all for the support and encouragement!!! Special thanks to the founders Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice and Lisa of La Mia Cucina. I had a great time this month, and I can't wait for all that is come!


**For the Tender Potato Bread recipe please visit Tanna's site


27 comments:

FoodieFroggy said...

Congrats, it was my first challenge too. And english is not my mother tongue (I am French), so that was not an easy task !
Cheers,
Anne

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congratulations on your first challenge! Wow, how gorgeous! I particularly love that filled loaf!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mila said...

Congratulations on your firts post...!!
looks very dellicius!!

Annemarie said...

Congrats on getting your first challenge under your belt. Your meat-stuffed loaf is very tempting!

April said...

Congrats on completing your first challenge! Your stuffed bread looks delicious!!

Dolores said...

Yum... I'll take one of those rib eye-stuffed buns! Congratulations on your first challenge Kourtney.

breadchick said...

Congrats on completing your first challenge as a Daring Baker! Great job on the bread and I love the idea of stuffing the bread. Welcome aboard!!

Deborah said...

Great job on your first challenge!!

CB said...

Great job! It was my first challenge this month as well. Love the idea of the filled loaf.

Jen Yu said...

OMG! That stuffed bread is killing me - it looks so incredibly delicious. Brilliant idea. I will most definitely have to try that. Excellent work!

-jen at use real butter

SweetDesigns said...

OMG!! Those stuffed rolls look amazing, and I just ate dinner but man they look sooo good.
Great Job!!

Julius said...

I am in love with that filled loaf. Just want to take a bite of it.

Congrats on your first challenge.

:)

Julius from Occasional Baker

I(dot)J said...

OMG... I love your stuffed loaf. I so want to taste it right now.

Tartelette said...

Congrats on your first challenge , the stuffed bread makes my mouth water...and I have had dinner and dessert (twice on that one...oops!). Welcome aboard!

KayKat said...

Congratulations! It was my first time DBing too - very fun :)

Sheltie Girl said...

Welcome to the DBers! Great job on your bread and I love the stuffed version. I'm going to have to try making it this way too.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Gretchen Noelle said...

Your stuffed bread looks delicious! Congrats on your first DB challenge!

slush said...

The stuffed bread looks killer. My husband would LOVE that! Great job!

Susan said...

Very nice job on your first challenge!

Julie said...

Holy yum! Egg salad and Cornish pasty-like stuffed bread--meals made in heaven (my heaven, anyway). Congratulations on your first challenge! It all looks great!

marias23 said...

Wow! Roast Rib Eye? Spinach? Cheese? That sounds smashingly delish! May I have a bite? ;)

chronicler said...

Oh my goodness you win this month! That is the best looking creation of all! Stuffed bread! I am glad I can only see this bread or I would have to have some. Now. Mmmmmm.

Bev and Ollie "O" said...

The stuffed bread made me say "Cor"which is a good reaction! haha that looks just so yummy! x

Christina said...

I'm drooling, your stuffed loaf is incredible! Great job.

Welcome to the DBers!

Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

creampuff said...

Yayy! Congratulations on completing your first DB challenge ... you did a great job!

Claire said...

Yum! What a great idea to do a calzone type thing. I bet it was wonderful.

Quellia said...

Nice work! I especially like the stuffed bread.