Coccodrillo (aka Crocodile bread), based on a recipe in "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field, was chosen as the second Bread Baking Babes' task in March 2008. Alas, it is extremely difficult to make by hand. Having tried to make it by hand three times: once in 2003, once in 2004 - before we had a camera, and now again in 2010. I think I will have to completely lose what's left of my mind before I attempt to make it again.
The dough is insanely slack. NO. Not slack. It's downright liquid. Unless you have lost your mind, don't try to make this by hand. (Do as I say; not as I do.) Use a stand mixer.
Closer view of the crumb: because I was unable (or unwilling) to stir the dough (ha!!) enough, the gluten didn't get a chance to develop enough. The crumb ended up being quite puddingy.
This shelf is reserved for bread cookbooks. As is clear, Carol Field's "The Italian Baker" is the one turned to most often (note all the bookmarks).
Aloo Paratha . Assyrian Spinach Pies . Beaujolais Bread . Biscotti Picanti . Brioche and Gateau a la Creme . Brioche Flower . Broa . Brunkans Långa . caramelized onion bread . carrot bread . Challah . Chapatis . Chinese Steamed Flower Rolls . Chocolate Prune Rolls . Coccodrillo . Conchas (Mexican pan dulce) . Cornucopia . Cozonac (Romanian Festive Braid) . Crackers . Croissants and Pains au Chocolat . Cuban Bread . Dhakai Bakharkhani . Flaxseed Soaker Bread with Prunes . Fougasse . Dan's Garlic Bread . Easy Little Bread . Ensaimadas . Fantans . Filled Pane Bianco . Five-Grain Bread with Walnuts . Granary-style Bread . Hamburger Buns . Herbed Soda Bread . Holiday Apple Kuchen . Italian Knots . Julia Child's French Bread . Kaiser Rolls . Kouign Amann . Mary's Dark Onion Rye . Modern 'Lardy' Cake . Molasses Fennel Rye . Muesli Rolls . Naan . Nut Roll Coffee Cake . Oatmeal Twists . L'Otto di Merano . Panmarino . Pocketbook Rolls . Polenta Bread . Power Bread . Pretzel Croissants . Robert May's French Bread . Rewena paraoa . Rgaif . Rheinbrot . Royal Crown Tortano . Russian Rose . Soft Pretzels . St. Hildegard's Spelt Bread . Stollen . Streusel Potato Coffee Cake . Stromboli . Swedish Rye . Sweet Portuguese Bread . Tangzhong Bread . Taralli Pugliesi . Water-Proofed Bread (challah) . Whipped Spelt Bread . Whole-Wheat Pita . Wild Rice and Onion Bread . Yeasted Sprouted Wheat Bread