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paulm

BBA Greek Celebration Bread

I just finished recipe #2 in BBA.  It produces a loaf larger than I am used to but turned out heavenly (at least the housse smells heavenly).  I substituted Mixed Fruit and Peel (left over from Christmas cookies) for the Rasins and Dried Cranberries but otherwise followed the recipe.  I'm still having trouble with my loafs spreading out rather than raising up during final proofing so my shaping need improving.  I thought I got this one pretty tight but it still spread quite a bit.  Thank the gods of baking for oven spring.  It's still cooling so no crumb shot but I think it is presentable enough to take over to the neighbors for a post New Years get togrther.


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flournwater

Lookin' good there Paul.  Here's mine from last year's BBA Challenge.



It's become a seasonal favorite around this house.

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cpanza

Paul - you jumped ahead of us! :)


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paulm

Sorry Chris.  I had some time yesterday and figured I would give it a try.  Knowing that my time will be limited later this month, I wanted to take advantage of some free time now.


Paul


PS. I'll post it over on your site once you get a post set up for BBA #2.

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Jo_Jo_

It's beautiful!  I bet it taste's good too....


Joanne

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cpanza

Oh, no worries, Paul! Fire them up! This particular one looks really good. One of the best I've seen, and I've looked at quite a few of these in the past week!


I'll have the post up by early tomorrow night, by the way. We've picked up a few more participants too.


Looking forward to getting mine ready tomorrow morning.


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paulm

As I said, I was taking it to a neighbors for a post New Years party.  I wasn't quick enough so here is all I had left for the crumb shot.  The crumb was firm and it toasted wonderfully.  I'm going to try it as french toast for breakfast.

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cpanza

Paul -


Our posts are up for week two. You can find them here: http://akuindeed.com/?p=3236


Here's a quick shot of mine:


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Jo_Jo_

Your's turned out quite a bit lighter colored than mine did, and it has such beautiful contrast to the colors of the fruits!  All together a beautiful loaf you have, not surprised it was going quickly!


Joanne

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cpanza

Joann -


I agree. I love the colors in Paul's loaf. His crumbs seems lighter, too, but it could be the photo?

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paulm

Thanks for the nice comments.  The picture does show the crumb slightly lighter but only slightly.  It is a very light tan and I had expected it to be browner because of the cinnamon and other spices.  Such was not the case, maybe because of the small amount of spices versus the volume of dough.  My neighbor said she hadn't had this bread for years but it brought back childhood memories from Christmas's past.