Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BBA Slow & Steady #1: Anadama roundup

The bread-baking blogisphere has been all atwitter about the BBA Challenge, organized by Nicole of Pinch My Salt. There are 200 bakers on the Challenge's blogroll, and anyone else is welcome to join Nicole in baking each and every recipe in Peter Reinhart's book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice. The Challenge is loose as far as rules are concerned - if you are baking the book's recipes from beginning to end you are meeting the challenge's requirements. Nicole is baking weekly, as are most of the other bakers.

A couple of my baking acquaintances and I are taking up the Challenge, but at a slower pace. We will be baking and posting our bread every other week, and think of ourselves as the Slow & Steady sub-group. Not that we actually expect to win any races, or even enter any races, but we are enjoying baking the breads in our own good time. We may be a day late and a poolish short (esoteric bread term, there!), but we're having lots of fun comparing notes and supporting each other as we learn Peter Reinhart's yeast-y methods.

Here are the bread posts of the Slow & Steady BBA bakers for the first formula, the Anadama bread:

Jessica of Singleton in the Kitchen

And lastly,

If you baked this bread too, please feel free to add a link in the comments on this post. If you're baking on the same every-other-week pace, I'd be interested to hear that as well (most of the challenge group is baking weekly).

The next bread in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge is another "A" bread: Artos, the traditional Greek celebration bread. The book details three variations, and we will each bake at least one shape/flavor. The Slow & Steady folk will post by Monday, June 1. Look for another little roundup a few days later.


Kayte said...

How fun! I love our little group!

Cathy said...

Fantastic! That is some fine looking bread that we all baked up (slowly). Thanks for doing the roundup!

Audrey said...

Look what we did!! Thanks for the round-up, Nancy! Great to be baking with you all.

Susie said...

Beautiful looking loaves. OH and it is "Pinch My Salt" not Eat My Salt. :o) Just thought you should know.
Love your slower group. It is a good idea.

Di said...

Everybody's bread looks terrific! I love that you're doing a round-up.

Anonymous said...

Great round up! They all look fantastic.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That is really a super complementing way of baking the book! Excellent idea. AND VERY EXCELLENT BREADS!

Pinch My Salt said...

Love your Slow & Steady roundup! I'll never get tired of looking at Anadama Bread, no matter when it's baked! :-)