Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bread Baker’s Apprentice: CHALLENGE #1 ANADAMA












Nicole the arthur and creator of the site http://pinchmysalt.com/ had thoughts of baking every single recipe "in order" in Peter Reinhart’s outstanding book, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread.
She thought she would ask the simple question if anyone cared to join her.
I was the 27th one to join her in her one year endeavor. :)
Last I knew we were over 150 strong and growing. :) The deadline to join is today. I am still waiting for my book to get here but I got the 1st recipe from a friend and created it today.
I put my own special creative touch to the first challenge loaf named ANADAMA by adding my initial to the loaf and instead of the second loaf I did rolls.
I used Polenta in the soak but used fine corn meal for the topping. I like the bread but I don't care for the crunch of the topping at all. I would make the bread again for sure but
not add anything to the top. I haven't been so excited over baking bread in a long long time.
I may do some recipes ahead of time as we are going to be vacationing in August. We are traveling from here in northern NY to California and back on the Harley. :o)
My special thanks to Nicole for getting us all excited about being in our kitchens.




















49 comments:

  1. It was very tasty....

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  2. THANKS my "anonymous" husband! LOL!

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  3. Everything looks great, Susie! I made rolls with part of mine as well. I did two small (1-pound) loaves, and then did 8 (2-ounce) rolls in an 8" round pan.

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  4. Di,
    Thanks for thinking my bread/rolls look great. I am subscribed to your blog but don't recall seeing your try at the recipe. I just went to your blog again and can't find anything. Are you going to post photos?
    Susie

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  5. Great idea making half of the dough into rolls! And love how you personalized the loaf :-)

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  6. The loaf and rolls look so good. I especially like the way the rolls turned out, just perfect!

    Good job!

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  7. Thanks Nicole. WOW, I can't believe the "PRESIDENT" of the BBA Challenge has written personally to me. :o)
    Thanks for liking my creativeness.
    Susie

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  8. Michelle,
    Thanks for liking my loaf and rolls. :) I had to subscribe to your blog once I checked it out.
    :)
    Susie

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  9. Wow! There is no end to your talent. Your rolls and bread look wonderful. Excellent job!

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  10. I love the personalization... how neat! Tomorrow is my Anadama day. Wish me luck!

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  11. Mags,
    Thanks for liking the personalization. :) Can't wait to see your ANADAMA. :)
    Susie

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  12. Anonymous (Linda) :),
    Thanks so much for liking my rolls and bread. What a sweet compliment. :)
    Susie

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  13. Wow! They look delicious! You are a lady of many talents!!! I'm proud to know you girl!!! Great work!

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  14. O'Irish,
    Thanks so much for the compliments. :) It sure is tasty.
    Susie

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  15. Looks great. Love the rolls. What the heck are you doing up at 4 am? Quilting marathon perhaps?? ;-)

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  16. Niagaragirl,
    :) Thanks!
    4am????? I've been up an hour. It is just what time I get up.
    What are you doing up? :o)
    Susie

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  17. Lovely! I tried twice to make these and both times something went wrong with the 2nd rise. But everyone still enjoyed the texture of the bread and it tastes so great toasted and buttered!!
    Love the idea of the rolls!

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  18. Arundathi,
    I just starting following your blog a few days ago. :)
    Did you figure out what happened to your 2nd rise?
    Thanks for the compliments,
    Susie

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  19. your bread and rolls look great maybe I,ll come over and try them if there are any left.

    Deb M

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  20. Looks really good Susie. I like the S on top.

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  21. Thanks! Yes, there is some left Deb.
    I'll be leaving in a bit to see Dad and have Physical Therapy.
    What are you up to today?
    Susie

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  22. Thanks Sean. We are having WAY too much fun eh?
    Susie

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  23. I love your initial on the loaf. I think your rolls look great! Your Harley vacation sounds wonderful. I would love to do it one day (although reverse CA to NY).

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  24. pinkstripes,
    Thanks for liking my initial and rolls. :)
    I hope you get to do the reverse trip. It will be a hoot for sure.
    Susie

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  25. Wow! Your bread and rolls look awesome! I'm still waiting for my book to arrive and I'm chomping at the bit to bake bread! I'm going to take your advice and not put anything on the top...

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  26. Tammy,
    Thanks for the compliments. :) I don't have my book yet either. It should be here in a few weeks.
    I got the first recipe here:
    http://flourgrrrl.blogspot.com/2009/05/anna-damn-er.html
    Susie

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  27. I love the special touch you put on the bread ... lovely! The smaller-sized loaves are just right for storage too. :)

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  28. Jia,
    Thanks for liking my bread. It sure was fun to bake. :)
    Susie

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  29. What a great idea for making rolls! I will have to try that next time! I too, will be following your blog. :)

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  30. Hi Jill,
    Are we having fun yet????? LOL!
    Thanks!
    On to the next loaf eh?
    Susie

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  31. I expect I won't like all of the breads from the BBA book (anadama was ok but I wouldn't miss it if I didn't have it again- haha!) but I think I'll enjoy making just about all of them! You seem to be creative in the kitchen so I know you'll love this challenge!

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  32. Allison,
    Thanks! I don't know as I will like all of them but I haven't found a food I haven't liked yet. :) Well osyters aren't too great. LOL.
    Thanks for the compliment. You are very creative too. I'm looking around at your blog now. :)
    I see you got some proofing/rising baskets. I bought three just the other day. Your bread are awesome. Way to go.
    Susie

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  33. Hi Susie,
    it was a great idea to make rolls! since there are just two in my house, i ended up freezing one half of the dough. hopefully it keeps okay. I had such a good time making the bread! i used dark molasses instead of light, and it was really tasty.

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  34. twoskinnyjenkins,
    Thanks!
    I'll be following your blog to see how you do each week OR whenever you do your challenges.
    Susie

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  35. It is like Zoro visited your loaf but he was a little tipsy and could not make the Z properly. Nice touch!

    So far everyone seems to have great luck with this loaf.

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  36. Jeff,
    LOL, you are too funny. I just had to make it "MINE"!
    It is so fun.
    Susie

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  37. I love the stamp! I'm also liking the buns idea.:)

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  38. Thanks Oggi. It was tasty and fun to make.
    :)
    Susie

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  39. Beautiful loaves and rolls!! I really, really like this bread and can't wait to make more recipes from this books (though I must admit, I'm not all that excited about the Artos). Great to be baking with you!

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  40. Sweet Charity,
    Thanks so very mcuh.
    Artos is an awesome bread. We loved it. So very tasty.
    Susie

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  41. Looks awesome, Susie! I adore the "S" on your loaf - very fun! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the challenges!

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  42. haleysuzanne,
    Thanks! It is great baking with you and the other 198 members. :) Are we having fun yet????????? LOL.
    Susie

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  43. Love your personal touch "S" brand LOL.
    It really was wonderful bread. We totally enjoyed it toasted.

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  44. Thanks for liking my "S"! :)
    Yes it sure is a yummy bread.
    Susie

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  45. Susie, Your bread looks awesome! I love your rolls, I will have to try those the next time I bake up this recipe.

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  46. Michelle,
    Thanks! I 'love' making rolls.
    This has been so much fun so far. I have my bagels in the fridge and will be finishing them later today. :)
    Susie

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  47. Your rolls look great! I'm going to stare and study your technique. Thanks for saying hi at my blog! Chad at bitethebiscuit.blogspot.com.

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  48. mmmbiscuits,
    Thanks! This challenge has been so much fun so far. :)
    Susie

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  49. Great idea using the Anadama dough for rolls! I made it this past weekend (I'm a little late in joining the challenge). It's such a lovely soft bread...perfect for rolls. I made several sandwiches from it and they were excellent! I recently gave my toaster oven to my DIL so I'll have to wait until I get it replaced to try Anadama toasted - that seemed like a natural thing to do with it.

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