BBA Challenge

The BBA Challenge is based on The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart. The Challenge is to bake every recipe in the book (43 different breads) in order. This Challenge was the brainchild of Nicole at the PinchMySalt blog.

Bread Baker's Apprentice

Bread Baker’s Apprentice

The original Challenge started in 2009, but various late-comers (like me) are starting it as we’ve learned about this marvelous book and all it has to offer.

The key to the Challenge for me is the rule about baking the breads in order. This takes all the hemming and hawing out of the equation. No decisions about “Do I want to make that bread?” Or, “I want to make my favorite xyz bread. I’ll get to the others later.” As we all know, later rarely arrives. So by doing all the breads in order, they relative preferences are no longer part of the equation, and we really do get to all the breads!

OK, that said, sometimes circumstances are such that some liberties are taken with the order. For example, the “Multigrain Bread Extraordinaire” is our regular sandwich bread at the moment. So I make that every couple of weeks. Other breads have been needed for social events, etc. Plus, I made a few different recipes before I learned of the Challenge, and I haven’t decided yet if I will re-make those or not.

So that is the BBA Challenge!


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