Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pane Siciliano (BBA Challenge)

This week's Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, Pane Siciliano, has hubby's vote for best bread to date. That's as in best bread thus far, not as in one he'd like to take to a movie and make out with later, but then you already knew what I was getting at.

I was most excited about making this bread because of the beautiful shape and color this bread takes on. It's a gorgeous bread to look at, regardless of taste. But great looks coupled with great taste is a wonderful thing (just ask my hubby... HEE!)

I just realized while writing this post that I rarely take photos of my bread-works in progress. I shortchange you by not showing you the step-by-step process that is involved in creating these works of art. But here's why. I'm a nervous wreck as I'm following procedure and the last thing on my mind as I'm measuring and kneading and window paning and temperature taking is taking a photo. So the end result is my end result... a photo of the finished product.

The dough was another breeze to work with and considering the fact that hubby has proclaimed this his favorite, I will definitely be making this again. My only notes to self were to ease up a bit on the sesame seeds and to cover the bread with foil during the last minutes of baking because I thought the crust got a little too dark. Other than that, I'll label this a success.

Thanks as always to Nicole at Pinch My Salt for heading up the challenge. Next week is Panettone. I'm suffering from lack of excitement over that one. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong. There's just something about fruit in my bread that underwhelms me. I'm picturing yeasted fruitcake for some reason.

16 comments:

Moogie said...

Your bread does look perfect. The shape has almost an S-shape. I think that stands for sexy. So I think it's alright for your husband to take it to a movie and then dinner. In fact in should take along a nice gourmet butter, then they can have a three-some.

stephchows said...

can I come live with you guys?? fresh baked bread pretty much every day?? heaven!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your bread definitely is gorgeous!

June said...

Beautiful Mags. You've certainly become a pro at this bread baking challenge! As for panettone oh man that makes incredible french toast and/or bread pudding. I love the stuff - not too sweet, chewy, fruity, I can't wait!

Mags said...

Moogie: LOLOL! A gourmet three-way! He'll love the idea.

Steph: Of course you can honey! I've been trying to lure my own kids back home with all this bread baking, but since they're not taking the bait, come on over!

Barbara: Thank you. I think this is one of the prettier breads in the Bread Baker's Apprentice.

June: I'm glad to know that you like panettone because now I'll know where to send it!

SallyBR said...

Well, I forgot it takes three days to make.... :-(

I wanted to bake it tomorrow, now I don't know if I'll be able to make it this weekend.

Yours turned out very very good! First time I made this bread it had a very tight crumb, I hope it will be better this time...

Lady P said...

oh, but i for one am looking forward to that delicious italian holiday bread - can you then work on a great hot cross bun recipe for me? i still have far from nailed that and i love it!!
ps moogie is in exceptional form - she mailed me "flat moogie" - let the games begin!

Mags said...

Sally: Good luck! I hope it turns out fantastic this time.

Lady P: I've never made hot cross buns but thanks for giving me a project to try! And..I can't wait to read all about Flat Moogie's adventures in Washington. Too funny!

Cindy said...

Beautiful loaf and very funny post. Your husband is a lucky man...fresh bread and a a fresh wife!

Mags said...

Cindy: Thanks!

Janice said...

Oh Mags, you are too funny. "Date." lol. Mine came out of the oven and I just had a bite, and I will definitely be making this again, too!

misterrios said...

The crust color is awesome, but I'm partial to dark breads anyhow. Great S-hape to the bread as well!

Mags said...

Janice: Thanks for commenting! Isn't this bread delicious?

misterrios: Thanks! I really enjoyed making this bread.

Kelly said...

Looks great! I'm glad to hear the good reviews. This one has appealed to me from the start, partly because of the shape. I'll find out tonight for myself - mine's baking now!

Mags said...

Kelly: I hope you enjoy it!

ap269 said...

The shape is nice, isn't it? This bread is one of my favorites, too - not as good as Italian bread, but almost. http://ap269.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/bba-challenge-23-pane-siciliano/