The last Bread Baking Babes Project dealt with wet dough. I thought that dough possibly the wettest I would ever encounter.
Wrong. This month's recipe, called Coccodrillo Bread, easily takes the title of Weirdest, Most Liquid Dough, hands down. The name of the bread is supposedly due to the bread looking like a crocodile. If I squint really
hard and use my imagination, it looks a little like a crocodile, or a slug, or an amoeba. But, that's not important. What counts is that the wacky recipe produces a marvelous tasting bread. I thought it was great fun making this recipe. And, for all you bread bakers who worry about the amount of flour to use, it's a non-issue here. You add exactly the amount the recipe specifies and not a bit more, even if you think your bread will run off the counter like Silly Putty.
Did I say this recipe is wacky? Just take a gander at the dough, after it spent about 20 minutes in my Mixmaster. It was unlike any dough I've ever made. Impossibly wet, it was extremely elastic, easily cleaning the sides of the bowl, and coming out of the bowl in one big runny clump. The type of flour that the various Babes used was a topic of much discussion. I used King Arthur bread flour, and Bob's Red Mill Semolina Flour. But, other Babes used different types of flour, making this a sort of test kitchen recipe.
I admit it, my loaves were quite homely. They were so soft, I had a devil of a time putting them on my baking stone. Actually, I wound up transferring them, and the parchment paper they were on, to the stone. To my relief, parchment paper doesn't burst into flame when it's baked. And the oven spring of the dough dazzled me.
Here they are, out of the oven. See the one on the right? That was my lunch and dinner. Nothing else but the bread, and half a stick of butter. When I found myself eying the other loaf, self defense demanded that I freeze it. It froze beautifully, and was just as good when I ate the other loaf last week.
If you want to see the Crocodiles' of the other Babes (and you must) please check with our members. This recipe was not your average bread baking event. A Fridge Full of Food (Glenna), Bake My Day (Karen), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn), I Like to Cook (Sara), Living on Bread and Water (Monique), Lucullian Delights (Ilva), My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna), Grain Doe (Gorel), Notitie van Lien (Lien), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick), Thyme of Cooking (Katie), and What Did You Eat (Sher)
And if you want the unique experience of making this bread, the recipe can be found at our fabulous Host Lien. She really knows her way around a crocodile. Snap!