The good news is that with these recipes posted, the last thing I have to catch up on is croissants. The bad news is that the croissants take 3 days, and that I'm due in 5 weeks and will most likely be behind again very soon...Anyway, I was not the least bit happy with my Boca Negra! You can barely tell from the awful photo I took, but it didn't set at all. After baking it for the recommended time it seemed done (based on the top) so I flipped it out of the pan as per the recipe. Well, it looked like a puddle and didn't hold it's shape at all. So, Paul helped me flip it back into the pan and I baked it again for a long time. (I don't remember how long, but it was at least an additional 30 minutes). Again, when I pulled it out it seemed done. Again, when I flipped it over it didn't hold together. At this point I was sick of all of the flipping so I decided to serve it as a pudding. It tasted good, but I was completely annoyed by the recipe at this point. It did set up in the fridge--to the consistency of fudge--but never felt at all like a cake (even a flour-less cake). It was a fun Passover-friendly recipe to try, but definitely not one that I'll be making again.
The Rustic Potato Loaves, on the other hand, were absolutely excellent. I followed the recipe exactly, except for subbing out half whole wheat flour for the AP, and was thrilled with how they came out. I was worried they were too small when I was putting them in the oven--I don't think I've ever seen a bread recipe with such short rises--but they rose beautifully in the oven. I normally make No Knead bread at home and we love it as an accompaniment for meals--it's great for dipping--but this might be the perfect sandwich bread. I was able to cut nice big slices and it stayed fresh for days. It had a nice flavor, but was definitely neutral enough to go with anything. This is definitely one that I'll be making again.