Not so Semolina Bread

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is Semolina Bread. It can be found in the book, Baking with Julia on page 102. If you don’t have the book, you can also find the recipe on the blogs of the hosts for this week, Renee of The Way to my Family’s Heart and Anna of Keep it Luce.

It was last minute that I decided to bake along with the group this week, and needless to say semolina flour isn’t a main staple in this household or the neighborhood grocery store for that matter. I decided to substitute whole wheat flour for the semolina flour. I know it’s a completely different flavor but it’s still a deliciously warm and flavorful loaf.

I don’t own a mixer so this was done by hand. I have been told that it is the better way to knead dough anyway, so that you can feel when the dough is ready.

I have always been a bit leary about recipes using yeast. When I first starting baking, I would scan through recipes that I thought I’d like to try and if I saw that it required yeast, it would immediately be discounted. Since that time I have made a few things requiring yeast, like babka (I will have to share that recipe one day) and of course pizza dough. I made Martha Stewart’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread once, but everyone thought it tasted too “yeasty”.

This time around, I wanted to make a loaf that we could all enjoy a nice turkey and cheese or tuna salad on. Ooh, maybe turn it into garlic bread for the leftover lasagna from last night. Maybe even french toast for breakfast tomorrow morning. I could go on forever but instead I will let you feast your eyes upon the bread making process through pictures.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Cher says:

    Looks like you achieved success :-)
    Sometimes, unexpected substitutions end up yeilding better results than the intended recipe…


  2. Now you have a good whole wheat bread! I think this recipe admits many other flour instead of the semolina.


  3. Nice to know whole wheat worked nicely also. Great pictures :)


  4. cindy says:

    Whole wheat looks like a great substitution. I love making bread and have done for years. I did knead it by hand years ago. It is very therapeutic. But after multiple back surgeries I let my Kitchen Aid do the job. I feel like I’ve accomplished a good thing when I make a tasty loaf of bread!
    Have a great day.


  5. Cynthia L. says:

    Nice to know this recipe makes a good wheat bread. I used to have a fear of all things with yeast, but now I just love baking with yeast.


  6. Cathleen says:

    Your whole wheat looks to have turned out great!


  7. teaandscones says:

    All by hand!! Well, it turned out beautifully. I hope you try this one day with semolina flour. It’s a whole different bread!


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