Monday, May 11, 2009

Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge.. Anadama

More fuel for my bread baking addiction. What have I gotten myself into now.

Nicole over at Pinch My Salt decided it would be a fun project to see how many people she could get to take on the challenge of making every one of the bread recipes in Peter Reinhart's book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice. Of course I was blissfully unaware of this challenge until Susie decided to tell me about it, and I was immediately intrigued. It only took me about two minutes to make up my mind, join the goup, and then order the book from Barnes and Noble. I waited until yesterday evening to mix up the cornmeal soaker for my Anadama bread and I could hardly sleep last night, the anticipation and excitement building within me. (I know, I know... I need to get a life.)

The recipe was very easy to understand and the only problem I had was that I needed to use quite a bit more flour than the recipe called for. I was really worried that I'd totally screwed it up, but when I checked my dough after an hour's rise, I felt more assured that this recipe did indeed hold promise.
The first rise only took an hour to double in size.

The final proof in the bread pans took the full 90 minutes. Here they are, all ready to go in the oven.

I really, really loved the taste and texture of this bread. It's very soft and tastes wonderful with butter and a little honey drizzled over it. And I'm thrilled to be able to call this first challenge a success. Next week's challenge is Greek Celebration Bread. I can't wait!


susies1955 said...

Awesome! Your loaves turned out great.
I added 1/2 cup of extra flour. :)
Isn't this fun? :o)

susies1955 said...

I forgot to check the email follow up box. LOL.

Mags said...

Thanks Susie! I was pretty darn proud of myself...LOL

Tammy said...

Beautiful! Your Anadama looks perfect. I'm still waiting for my book to arrive.

I love the name of your web site. I turn 50 next year! Woo-hoo.

Mags said...

Thanks Tammy!

Fifty next year for you, eh? Enjoy your last year in your forties girl!

Allison said...

What a nice job you've done!! They look beautiful and tasty.

Mags said...

Thanks Allison! I took a gander at your results too and it looks like your Anadama Bread turned out lovely as well.

haleysuzanne said...

Gorgeous crumb! Looking forward to Artos!

Mags said...

Thanks Haleysuzanne! I'm looking forward to Artos too. I just mixed up the soaker and poolish.

Bob said...

Oh wow, I recently had the opportunity to taste some of this bread! It's awesome toasted!!!