Anadama, Artos, Bagels, Meatballs and Mini Pizzas **Whew

by Michelle on May 27, 2009

I joined a new weekly bread baking group, Bread Baker’s Apprentice(BBA). And we will be baking from the book. “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread” by Peter Reinhart. It is a beautiful book with wonderful diagrams and step-by-step photos.

Google Books has the entire book scanned and you can find the recipes by clicking here.

Our first bread was Anadama Bread, an old New England yeast bread recipe, made with molasses and cornmeal. I made one single loaf and 12 hamburger buns. It was a very tender and delicious bread and although it did have molasses in it, I would not classify this as a sweet bread at all. Recipe is located on Pgs 108-110.

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This is a Meatball Sandwich made with one of my Anadama Bread Buns.

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Our next bread was Artos: Greek Celebration Bread which is a large, gorgeous bread. Although my family is not fond of breads with dried fruit and nuts, the bread was so beautiful I was looking forward to making it. Unfortunately, dealing with bread proofing and my own personal schedule sometimes does not work out. I had to let the bread dough ferment just a little too long and the crust has yeasty bubbles on the surface. But it still is a good looking loaf of bread and I had fun making and decorating it. Again the recipe can be found at Google Books Pgs 111-113.

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Our third bread is Bagels. I’ve made bagels before and in fact used this same recipe and they turned out perfect. Please click here to see my first batch of bagels and the recipe including my changes. Making bagels is a two-day process, including making the sponge the night before and then finishing the bagels the following day.

But the next day the outside temperature was, unexpectedly, in the 90′s, and my bagels rise was much to fast and they were very large. I mean gigantic, enormous suckers. Like 6″ across and almost impossible-to-handle huge. They did not turn out pretty but tasted great. Next time if it is hot outside I will either put the bread in the basement for the final rise or stash them in the refrigerator.

But all was not lost, for dinner that night I made mini pizzas with over-sized bagels. Just cut a bagel in half, layer sliced fresh tomatoes, grated mozzarella cheese, minced garlic, 3-4 fresh whole basil leaves and top with pepperoni. I popped them under the broiler for a minute or so and viola…DINNER is served. Most definitely a meal for my Call-it-Dinner category. The mini pizzas were so good. Next time I make bagels I think I might purposely make some extra large bagels for mini pizzas! The Bagel Recipe can be found on Pgs 115-122

Here’s the layered mini pizzas before broiling.

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Hot out of the broiler and looking delicious. Gosh they were so good!!!

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  • Di May 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Wow. You’ve been busy. =) Everything looks great, and I especially like the star decorations on your Artos.

  • katrina May 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Ohhhhh, you’ve convinced me to try those bagels! They look gorgeous!

  • Kat May 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Oh, those mini pizzas look wonderfully delicious!

  • Lisa May 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Homemade bread is such a beautiful creation! Your breads look delicious and those mini pizzas are quite appetizing. I think it’s time I invested in a new bread book and joined the fun.

  • JSR Photography May 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I’ve been on a carb fast…but everything looks so tasty I just might have to break it!

  • YankeeQuilter May 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I tried making bagels when I lived in the English countryside (lots of scones no bagels…) but it was hit or miss. Maybe I’ll give it another try…love the pizza idea!

  • Pamela Terry and Edward May 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Hello from the big white dog!!

  • Jill May 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    m yummy fooood

  • FRACTAL KING May 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    My first time here got to say awesome job!!! The food looks awesome!! I wish I was there now.

  • Jill May 28, 2009 at 1:52 am

    All of your food look so delicious!

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies May 28, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Some great baking all around! I am big on pizza bagels, great way to feed starving teens.
    Love your starry artos!

  • Esi May 28, 2009 at 5:59 am

    I’m pretty sure you don’t sleep! How do you do it all? The mini pizzas are to die for!

  • Ms Vivi May 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I’m so hungry right now!
    This remind me of some delicous bagels that made by muai mum.

  • Shari May 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I love the stars in your Greek Celebration bread. Thanks for the link to the Google Book. I’ll have to remember that.

  • Parisan May 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    such a nice and delicious blog . i found it minutes ago …
    i love it …

  • Elyse May 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Wow! This is a lot of bread, Michelle! I’m so impressed. The BBA group is doing just an awesome job. All of your breads look great. I have to tell you, though, I’m so intrigued by the bagels. I’ve never made my own before, and I’m definitely going to check out your previous post and try my hand at it! We’ll see how it goes.

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