They chose a recipe from one of my most favorite people ever - Julia Child. Her 18 page-long recipe for Pain Francais (French Bread) seems daunting at first, but once you get going, it's not difficult at all, just time-consuming. All told I spent 8 hours making this bread! It is so very worth it, though. My own bread certainly didn't turn out bakery-pretty, but it was absolutely delicious!
Here's my bread making day in photos:
The kneaded dough ready to rise.
Three batards shaped and risen.
My state-of-the-art unmolding board.
The finished-if-not-so-pretty bread.