I just finished the first assignment for the BBA Challenge!! I'm quite excited about it...though, admittedly, I am slightly disappointed. :| I baked the bread last night, as a storm front came in. The house went from being warm & humid to cold & humid with the windows open. The dough rose terrifically. My oldest DD & I worked on the first portion of it together. The recipe stated it could be broken up into 2 or 3 loaves, depending on the loaf pan. I did 3. I refrigerated one portion and baked the other two. (Baking them was a struggle as we lost power in the storm just as the oven reached temperature!) One loaf was baked in a glass loaf pan and the other in a metal one. The glass loaf rose far more greatly while proofing. However, the metal pan yielded a far more visually pleasing loaf. It browned wonderfully all over, where as the glass loaf was a lighter brown. Either way it goes, we thought the results were yummy!!! Lacking in the sweetness, that majority of challengers had noted. Also, I ran into short/squat loaves. They weren't very tall as some of the other challenger's loaves appeared to be. Good none the less.

The texture is phenomenal! The outside is firm & slightly crispy. Surprisingly, it was/is moist & soft. Sounds like a bag of oxymorons, but it is! :) We had some this morning first plain and then with applebutter. Mmmmm!! We put brown sugar ham, smoked turkey, avocado & creamy balsamic vinaigrette on it for lunch! Big hit!!

You can see how short the bread actually was. The deli meat had to be folded in half just to fit the slice. (Hardly any over hang though!) This loaf actually fell while baking...not sure of the issue there. The taller loaf, (the glass loaf), I left untouched for dinner. We'll be having loaded potato soup and sandwiches! Can't wait!!
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4 Responses
  1. susies1955 Says:

    Sounds like you had a lot to contend with. Your loaf being tasty is what counts. :) Your sandwich looks yummy.
    Nice baking along with you,

  2. Hi Catrina,
    that sandwich does look good! Congrats on your new blog. I think our blogs are about the same age. I am new at this, too!

  3. Tammy Says:

    Yikes! I can't imagine the power going off like that! What timing! I liked hearing the comparisons of the pans. I was surprised by the softness & moistness of the bread too. Your bread looks wonderful.

  4. Nico Says:

    I also ate it with ham and avocado plus tomatoes and cheese. Really good bread