Daily Archives: Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Rising to the Challenge (January 2018 BBBuddies)

summary: January 2018 Bread Baking Buddies; BBB Tartine Polenta Bread gallery; about the BBBabes

Tartine Polenta Bread is January’s BBB project challenge.

BBBuddies Badge January 2018Bread Baking Buddies (BBB): Tartine Polenta Bread

This January, the BBBabes made Tartine Polenta Bread, based on a recipe in Chad Robertson’s book “Tartine Bread”. (Here is the recipe I used.)

Not all of us had difficulties with this bread…. But. Here are some of the comments that were flying around as we baked this month (ha! can’t you just read volumes between the lines?) :lalala:

I think this is one of the first BBB challenge breads that has proven especially difficult for me! – Kelly (A Messy Kitchen)
 
Following Robertson’s instructions (or lack thereof), the resulting dough was more like soup – me, (blog from OUR kitchen)
 
I expected a more open crumb – Karen (Bake My Day)
 
Because polenta (corn grits) can absorb and then release a lot of water into the dough, this bread can be quite a challenge. – KarenK (Karen’s Kitchen Stories)
 
From the first moment I read the recipe, I had numerous red flags waving in my face. – Judy (Judy’s Gross Eats)
 
That looks even more challenging than the imfamous Croc bread! – Mary, aka BreadChick (The Sourdough)
 
Not an easy bread for sure, but a delicious one. – Pat, aka Elle (Feeding My Enthusiasms)
 
This was a challenge, but definitely worth it. – Cathy (Bread Experience)
 
[B]uckle up and find your courage and make this bread – Lien (Notitie van Lien)
 
This was truly a challenge in every way – Aparna (My Diverse Kitchen)
 
[A]ren’t we supposed to start the New Year with a challenge? – Katie (Thyme For Cooking)

Just like last January, this January has been another rollercoaster with wild weather fluctuations and the craziest news (and “fake news” too) reports south of the border. Just two BBBuddies joined us this time around. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times – fewer and fewer bloggers and fewer and fewer BBBuddies joining in each month. Or perhaps all the others got scared off by having to use wild yeast. Or perhaps it was the fear of possibly creating something like the croc on steroids?

This time, the January 2018 BBBuddies came from not so far away: (continue reading )