Happy Birthday, Dear Babes


This is not a cocodrillo.

There is a group I’m honored to be a part of, and it calls itself the Bread Baking Babes. We are three years old today, and we are celebrating by revisiting our favorites from the past 36 months of baking — delicious, adventurous, sometimes frustrating, often challenging, occasionally comical, and always tons of fun.

Rather than all baking the same thing, as is our usual habit, we decided to each select a bread from the Babes’ archives. Because I haven’t been a Babe for the whole three years, I decided to make my bread one of the ones I had missed. And not just any bread I had missed, but possibly the most confounding — and ultimately perhaps the most satisfying for those who managed to master it —  bread the Babes have ever baked: the infamous Cocodrillo.

Now I know what you’re thinking: the bread in that photo does not look like any crocodile I ever saw. Why no, it doesn’t. But no matter, I can give you a mental image of the disaster that was my cocodrillo with one seasonally-appropriate word: snowshoes. And that’s really just enough said about that. Except to express my renewed appreciation for all the Babes and Buddies who tamed that obstreperous beast.

Since I couldn’t bear to arrive at this party empty-handed, I have another offering: the very first Babe bread, and one that got rave reviews down the line: Royal Crown Tortano. Let me add my own nutshell review: like the Babes themselves, this is one spectacular bread. Happy Birthday, dear Babes!

And now, we hope everyone will join in the festivities. It couldn’t be easier: just select your own favorite from the BBB’s archives, bake, post, and send your info to Tanna (My Kitchen in Half Cups) by February 28. I can’t wait to see what everyone chooses!

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  1. Beautiful loaf, very inspiring, I may have to unseal that bottle of yeast yet…. :)

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  3. Susan, we are so happy you joined us this past year. Your expertise instructs us all but most of all your humor keeps us in stitches. The Royal Crown is a wonderful bread and the CROC will be yours!!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Susan!

  5. Happy Anniversary Susan! The crown is so appropriate being the first bread of the Babes…and it is just beautiful! One day we will all have beaten the croc…just not yet.

  6. Happy Anniversary to all the Babes,
    Keep on baking those delicious and beautiful breads.
    Susan, This is the most beautiful Royal Crown I’ve seen.

  7. Happy anniversary Susan! It’s so wonderful that you’ve joined us with all your Bread and Babe talents.
    O that darn Croc, it’s a mean beast! But this RCT, the best I’ve ever seen, what a beauty!

  8. Haha you should have seen my face when I read your choice of the Cocodrillo.. whaaa? Is thát your cocodrillo? Almost booked a flight to learn your secret. But no.. satisfied I read on. It is a beauty Susan, truly a masterpiece. Glad you joined us!

  9. The crown never fails to impress!

    But snowshoes … well, crocs are not not know for their heights but for the length. Perhaps you knead Mary’s whip.

  10. Okay. I, for one, want to see your coccodrillo. Only because misery loves company. (Your snowshoes sound very much like the coccodrillos that I made.)

    What a wonderful looking Royal Crown Tortano!!

    Happy Birthday!

  11. Looking at this bread makes me very hungry and that is the best complement I can give :)

  12. Ah, the croc…. That was my first. I put it on the boiler to raise as that was the only warm place in the house. Reminded me of a 1950′s horro movie (The Blob)

  13. how lovely! happy 3rd birthday to us, and many many more!

  14. These things look gorgeous and I am sure are delicious.

  15. Oh my goodness, I have just found your blog and I think I love it. I will try this at my home.

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