I have a list for myself of things I want to learn and be good at, and one of them is to learn how to bake Artisanal breads at home. So I did my research on what book to get to teach myself, and The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart was my best choice. I bought the book about a couple of years ago when I decided that I had enough of clay/pottery, but two years after, the only recipe I ever made from the book is the Corn Bread, which by the way, is now the official Thanksgiving Cornbread in my house. I stumbled upon the BBA Challenge Group while browsing groups to join on Facebook, and I am so glad that they just started - I will have time to catch up. Thus, the BBA challenge commenced.
I can confidently say that I am a pretty darn good cook and baker, but for some reason, bread baking intimidates me, and yet, at the same time, I always had the hunger to be good at it.
As I am writing this blog, half of the bread is gone. This is the best bread I have had in a long time! But then again, I haven't been to France or Italy to really enjoy good bread, not even to Acme in Northern California. So for now, just indulge me and let me say that this is the best bread I ever had yet for a while!
Getting ready to knead the dough
After the first proofing
Getting it ready for second proofing
My Anadama Bread