Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Big Fat Greek Bread (BBA Challenge)

Week two of the Bread Baker's Apprentice challenge has us making Artos, Greek celebration bread. I chose to use the master formula only, opting out of using any of the add ins. Even though I am both a fruit and a nut, I don't care for either in my bread.
You're going to have to add on to your house, or at least your breadbox if you make this bread, that's how HUGE it is! And you know what? Judging by the amount of pride I felt when I saw its final size, I now think I have an idea why men get that way about the size of their... well, ya know.

This was a relatively easy recipe to follow. My only note was that I once again used way more flour than the recipe called for. I started the knead by hand but when I couldn't even begin to get it into a manageable ball, I tossed it back into the Kitchen Aid and kneaded it in there, adding more and more flour until it was stiff enough for me to tackle by hand. I'm guessing I used at least one more cup of flour in the process.

I think this bread would make excellent french toast. I split the loaf in half and froze one half with the intent of using it in the future for this purpose. Maybe Father's Day brunch?

15 comments:

peteeatemall said...

I doubled the recipe and it made lots of bread! We really enjoyed it! Now on to bagels...Loved reading your post! Happy Baking!

susies1955 said...

You did great. I'm glad I split mine up into a big one and a medium one. Big recipe.
On to the bagels eh?
I'm starting mine now.
Susie

Sara said...

Looks great-mine was huge too! I had to add a ton more flour as well. Looks delicious!

Nicole said...

Big and beautiful!! :-)

Mags said...

peteeatemall, susie, sara and nicole.....Thanks for all the kind comments you guys! I really had fun with this one, but I think those bagels next week are going to be a riot to make.

Rebeca said...

I had to add about a cup of extra flour as well. And I think I need to add on to my bread box already; it's so full of chocolate there's rarely room for bread!

Mags said...

Rebeca...or maybe you need to get a chocolate box?...lol

thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Cindy Feingold said...

Your bread is beautiful. Mine did not rise nearly as much as yours. French toast would be great with the other half. Let me know how well this bread freezes.

Mags said...

Cindy, I wrapped it well, but I'm also curious to see how well it freezes. I'll definitely post the photos if I make french toast with it.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Sweet Charity said...

Beautiful pictures!
And you made me giggle shamelessly with that comment about size and men... heeheehee!
Mine was gigantic- I wish I had cut the recipe in half... And I also had to add more flour (quite a bit), but I'm assuming that's because my starter is really wet.
Happy baking!

Mags said...

Hee Hee Hee Sweet Charity!

Thanks for stopping by.

coffeegrounded said...

That bread is a beauty! So is your blog...I love your sense of humor.

Mags said...

Thank you coffeegrounded!

Tammy said...

Beautiful! I'm behind in my baking and I am starting my greek bread today. I had to add about 3/4-1 cup of flour too. (same with Anadama) I'm going to start the bagels today too. Then I'll be caught up. whew...

Mags said...

Tammy you're going to be a bread baking fool for a couple of days, aren't you. Enjoy making those bagels!