Category Archives: BBA Challenge

Some more holiday baking

It's December, it's winter, and we have tons of snow - lamp on our picnic table

I did not only make biscotti in December, but also spent my time with making: Peter Reinhart’s Stollen, Pandoro, sugar cookies, toblerone shortbread cookies, lime meltaway cookies, white chocolate Brazil nut cookies, cinnamon pecan breakfast ring, Bittman’s refrigerator cookies and semolina bread. Unfortunately, there is no time to blog about all of them – I don’t even have pictures of all my creations.  So, here’s just a little collage of the pictures I’ve got ;-).


World Bread Day 2010 – White Bread Rolls

My contribution to World Bread Day 2010, an even created by Zorra of “1x umrühren bitte”, is plain white bread. I made variation I of the White Bread recipe from Peter Reinhart’s “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice”. I’ve made this version as part of the BBA Challenge before so I knew it would be great. Inspired by Daniel from Ährelich Gesagt I decided to make some rolls in my springform pan. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a crumb picture, but let me assure you that the crumb was amazingly soft, “like a bread pillow” as Daniel wrote in his post (he made variation II, though). If this doesn’t qualify as a keeper recipe, I don’t know which recipe would. Sooooo good!

BBA Challenge: A Summary

I completed the BBA Challenge 3 weeks ago and still haven’t written a summary. This is going to change now. Here are my most favorite breads and my least favorite breads. Continue reading >>

BBD #28: Buns – Pugliese Pizza Buns

This actually is the recipe I wanted to make for BBD #28 the theme of which is Buns, but I wasn’t sure I would get around to it, so I submitted Hot Cross Buns which I was baking for the Mellow Bakers anyway. Anyway, now I did get around to making them, so here’s my second submission to BBD #28: Pugliese Pizza Buns. Continue reading >>

BBA Challenge #43: Sautéed Onion and Parmesan Miche

Ta-daa! I finished the BBA Challenge today with bread #43 – Sautéed Onion and Parmesan Miche! And what a spectacular finish it was! Continue reading >>

BBA Challenge #42: Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Torpedoes

The second last bread of the BBA Challenge was an expensive bread. Not only did the recipe call for 4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, but also did it call for 1 ounce of chives. I grow chives in my backyard, but with all the snow we’ve been having for 3 months (!) – no, this is not normal for our region – my chives were killed. Continue reading>>

BBA Challenge #41: Whole-Wheat Bread

#41 of the BBA Challenge – Whole-Wheat Bread. This was a weird bread. Soaker + poolish + dough. Everything went fine, though, until after the first rise. The dough doubled without any problems, then I divided it into 2 pieces and formed sandwich loaves which I put in loaf pans for a another rise. Well, almost nothing happened. Not after 1 1/2 hours, not after 2 hours, and not after 2 1/2 hours… So I put them in the oven, and as I had expected, there was no oven spring either. I have no idea what went wrong, but these breads were really flat. The taste was ok, and I don’t mind whole-wheat bread at all. On the contrary – I love whole-wheat bread. But will I make THIS bread again? No!