Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pumpernickel Bread (BBA Challenge)

If you've noticed that I've been dragging my feet in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, it's only because I have been. In fact, I've been dragging my head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes) along with my feet regarding this pumpernickel bread. I was 100% certain that I would not only dislike this bread, I was 200% certain that I would actually hate it. And before all you math geeks out there feel the need to tell me that you can't hate something 200%, I'm going to tell you to go back to school, take a bread baking class, then report back to me.

With all that said, I felt no need to take more than this one obligatory photo for this post. I mean after all, since I was 200% sure I was going to hate it, why waste the film, right? (That saying actually meant something back in the day before digital cameras, but I do realize that it means nothing now...LOL)

Anyway, it turns out that I LOVED this bread. Shock my shorts and call me a Levis-lit liar, but I really, really enjoyed this bread. I'm now regretting that because of my 200% certainty of hatred, I only made half the recipe. I nibbled on this bread with cheese and mustard all last week and it was delicious to the very last slice. I'm also thinking this would be a great bread to use with my Hanky Pankies recipe and will keep this in mind for when the holidays approach next winter.

With only one more sourdough recipe left, I'll admit that I'll be glad to leave this section of the book. Next up: Sunflower Seed Rye. (Care to place a bet on how long I'll drag my feet before making this one?)

16 comments:

Federica said...

che bel pane!!bravissima!

June said...

Wow - I'm picturing this with some homemade corned beef and swiss cheese with lots of mustard...mmm! Looks wonderful Mags.

Abby said...

I was really expecting to hate this one, too, and shockingly, I enjoyed it! I love when that happens . . . I'm glad you liked it, too! =)

Pam said...

Funny how that turned out!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Quit whining, make it the sunflower one, because right after in, you can make stollen, just in time for summer. Chock full (200%) with alcohol soaked fruit. Need I say more?

A Year on the Grill said...

whoop whoop... good for you

Ms. Meanie said...

So you were 200% you would hate the 50% of the recipe you made, and now I'm guessing you are 100% sure you will make it again? That makes perfect sense to me. =)This bread does look fantastic though. Love the use of these different grains (are they grains or seeds?) in bread-baking.

Mags said...

Ms Meanie: LOL, that math actually made sense to me! They're grains, whole ones in fact, which pleases me greatly as you know.

Lyndsey said...

Mags, I actually got the "why waste the film" comment too! Maybe because I'm on your side of fifty!

I love pumpernickel and am still so impressed on all you breads. Laughing about your scepticism too! Lucky I can't do math!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

This made me smile... It reminds me of our friends' 2 year old son who somehow learned the words "pumpernickel bread". He walks around saying it all the time!

Mary said...

You did a fantastic job with this challenge. Your bread looks spectacular. I hope you've had a marvelous day. Blessings...Mary

saltandserenity said...

Of course I was curious and had to click on "Hanky Pankies"! Not sure if I'm horrified or fascinated? Sort of like a car accident where you look even though you don't want to. Velveeta and sausage?? Probably tastes great!!

Your pumpernickle looks wonderful. I'm proud of you for following through (even if it was only 50%!!). You are a true BBA Challenger.

misterrios said...

Nice one on the 200%! I would never have thought it possible either! The bread looks loverly, and I bet it was really delicious. It's funny, I thought the loaves came out a bit small, but then again, I tend to bake huge breads every weekend.

susies1955 said...

Is this as far as you went with the BBA challenge? I got to recipe #25 and haven't been any further.
I am following your blog again because I've missed you. :)
Susie

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Susie: Welcome back! And yes, this was the last bread that I made in the book. I'm still planning on finishing it some day.

susies1955 said...

I found another group that is going through the book. They are on recipe #19. I'm on #26 so I'm going to just give them the link to my blog posts that I've done until they get to #26 and I'll join in. It is here http://akuindeed.com/?p=3870 if you want to check it out.
I'm going to go check over your blog now and see what you have been up to.
:)
Susie