Baking bread is f-ing hard. This weekend, I attempted to make four loaves and only one was a success (though a bit dense.) There is so much to consider: temperature of the water, timing of the rise, etc. I found myself looking at my risen dough and scrutinizing the bubbles to see if it was ready for the oven. This took a lot of energy. Spent and covered in flour, I vowed to myself that I would try again.
There is one baked item I don't think I will ever be able to conquer, the croissant. If you read a recipe for croissants, it would make your mind spin. There is just much to it. Luckily for me, there are a few places in DC that make great croissants. My favorites are Watergate Pastry, Buzz Bakery, and Paul.
Paul opened their third location in the DC area today on Connecticut and K Street NW and offered a free large macaron or a baguette with any purchase. I happily purchased a delicious croissant and picked up a free baguette.