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Big Black Dog: Anadama, Artos, Bagels, Meatballs and Mini Pizzas **Whew

May 27, 2009

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


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.


Meatball Sandwich



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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16 Comments:

Blogger Di said...

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

May 27, 2009 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous katrina said...

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

May 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Oh, those mini pizzas look wonderfully delicious!

May 27, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

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.

May 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

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

May 27, 2009 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

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!

May 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Hello from the big white dog!!

May 27, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

m yummy fooood

May 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger FRACTAL KING said...

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

May 27, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

All of your food look so delicious!

May 27, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

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

May 27, 2009 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

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

May 28, 2009 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Vivi 薇薇 said...

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

May 28, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

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

May 28, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Parisan said...

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

May 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

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.

May 29, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

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