The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge!
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Bread Baker's Apprentice

Do you want to bake some bread?  How about a lot of bread?  How about every single recipe in Peter Reinhart’s outstanding book, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice? Well, I have challenged myself to do just that, and I’m inviting you to join me!

I’ve gathered together 35 200 home bakers who are willing to take this challenge with me.  We’re scattered around the world, from all across the United States to Europe, India and Australia.  Some of us are novice bakers and some of us have been baking for 30+ years.  We’ve teamed up with one goal in mind: bake our way through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.

Since we are still organizing the group and some members have yet to purchase the book, the goal to complete the first recipe will be two weeks from now, on May 18th.

If you are interested in what we’re doing, you can follow our progress here every Monday, beginning May 18th.  I will be posting photos and will keep you up to date with which recipe we will be working on for the following week.  I won’t be posting the recipes themselves, so if you want to try baking any of the breads with us, you will need to purchase the book.

Want to Bake Along With Us?

There are several ways for you to join in the fun!  First of all, you need a copy of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.  Read the first section of the book carefully, as this will prepare you for the bread recipes in the second section of the book.  Then just jump in and bake some Anadama Bread!  Please visit The BBA Challenge Page for more details on how to participate in the group!

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81 Comments
  1. Caitlin

    Dang! If I wasn’t so busy with other baking goals, this would totally be on my list. Not to mention that I don’t really need *another* baking book :P I’ll impatiently wait for each week’s bread though – kudos on taking on this project!

    5:12 pm  May 4th, 2009
  2. Amber

    I SO wish I could do this with you. I would love to become a better baker. Unfortunately, I’m in my last two classes to FINALLY complete my Bachelor’s, so that really should take primary focus, even though I don’t want it to!

    I wish everyone doing the challenge the best of luck, and I can’t wait to see the results!

    5:15 pm  May 4th, 2009
  3. OmegaMom

    My husband absolutely *loves* this book. I will have him follow along, but probably not join!

    5:32 pm  May 4th, 2009
  4. MyKitchenInHalfCups

    So can I still join in this madness.

    7:16 pm  May 4th, 2009
  5. A&N

    We’ll do it!

    8:23 pm  May 4th, 2009
  6. Ashley

    You guys are so brave. I really commend you and can’t wait to follow along from the sidelines!

    9:40 pm  May 4th, 2009
  7. Margie

    I AM SO IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously, I would LOVE to be a part of this baking challenge. I purchased this book in September of 2007, and set about learning the art of sourdough bread making from Peter Reinhart. Little did I know how this would prove to be such a life altering experience.
    I commend you for offering this and hope that others will come along for the journey.

    Margie

    9:50 pm  May 4th, 2009
  8. Lauren

    Yay! I love seeing Johnson and Wales!!!

    10:04 pm  May 4th, 2009
  9. Lien

    This is a lovely idea, as a breadbaker I’m sooo tempted, but the once a week thing would keep me in a stranglehold to much, so I won’t join. Have lots of fun baking guys!

    12:27 am  May 5th, 2009
  10. ivyb

    Please add me to the list. I will be DELIGHTED to participate! Thank you and …
    peace,
    ivyb,ny

    5:44 am  May 5th, 2009
  11. Jane Bute

    How many recipes are there?

    7:03 am  May 5th, 2009
  12. BBA

    Do I need a stand mixer?

    I don’t own one.

    11:48 am  May 5th, 2009
  13. Grace F.

    I can’t wait to follow your progress! Will you be letting us know which ones are the best tasting and possibly the healthiest options?

    12:26 pm  May 5th, 2009
  14. Ruby

    Sounds like fun, though I think I’ll wait for the cookie challenge? hehe

    1:10 pm  May 5th, 2009
  15. SallyBR

    Do I need to be a blogger to join? I am not….

    I have a few questions – does everybody make the same kind of bread at the same time, of is the project to be tackled independently by each baker?

    I have the book and made a few recipes from it – I bake bread regularly (that is, every weekend minimum) and would be interested in joining the challenge. I think… :-)

    1:10 pm  May 5th, 2009
  16. Nicole

    Jane: It looks like we will be completing about 43 total recipes, although some might opt to try some extra variations as we go. The plan is to do one per week, but I’m sure we may take a break once in a while due to holidays, travel, etc. It’s looks like we’ll have close to a year of baking! :-)

    BBA: A stand mixer is not a necessity, but it will make things easier.

    Grace: I plan on giving weekly feedback on the bread, but won’t be sharing the recipes since they are straight from the book.

    Sally: You certainly don’t need to be a blogger to join this challenge! We have set up a google group where we can all communicate, give advice, and lend support.

    2:31 pm  May 5th, 2009
  17. Susan/Wild Yeast

    This sounds like so much fun! I wish I could join but I think I’ll have to content myself with eagerly following all your progress each Monday. Wow!

    6:27 pm  May 5th, 2009
  18. Todd

    I Love This Challenge! Count me in.
    Will you send us an invite to the google group?

    9:08 pm  May 5th, 2009
  19. Breadchick Mary

    Yea, I need to join another challenge group like I need another hole in my head but….

    Tanna convinced a few of us Bread Baking Babes to join in the fun. Hope I can keep up!!

    8:49 am  May 6th, 2009
  20. Hélène

    This is such a great challenge.

    10:16 am  May 6th, 2009
  21. Gabi

    Nicole!!!

    I am in it! Remember, I am already partly through it with the Sourdough Chronicles! Lol…

    Sign me up, I have the book!

    Gabi.

    12:10 pm  May 6th, 2009
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    6:31 pm  May 6th, 2009
  23. Holly

    This is so different than anything else I’m doing, so, even though it may kill me, I can’t resist going for it. I will be ordering my book asap.

    8:32 pm  May 6th, 2009
  24. Allison

    I am going to give it a try. I’ve just gotten back into artisan baking and a new friend has asked me to bake a loaf of bread for her every week, and doesn’t care what kind I bake. Perfect timing, huh?

    10:10 pm  May 6th, 2009
  25. Rosa

    Love the book. It is the best bread baking book I’ve come across.

    7:46 am  May 7th, 2009
  26. kat

    I just looked through the pix. I’m thisclose to at least browsing through the book and considering it…although, dough sometiems scares me.

    6:05 am  May 8th, 2009
  27. A&N

    We have been bitten by this bug so we made full use of the 40% off coupon from Borders to buy this baby. Can’t wait to bake Andama!

    6:52 am  May 8th, 2009
  28. A&N

    We have been bitten by this bug (BBA) so we made full use of the 40% off coupon from Borders to buy this baby. Can’t wait to bake Andama!

    6:53 am  May 8th, 2009
  29. Sandy

    I’m in! E-mailed you with my info; can’t wait to get started. What a great project!!

    5:50 pm  May 8th, 2009
  30. MyKitchenInHalfCups

    I’m sorry Nicole if I’ve missed it: is there any guide line about putting up the recipe if we’re posting on our blog. I always give credit and write it in my own words with my changes. But I’m wondering since Peter contacted you if there is an understanding about putting up the recipe.

    8:13 pm  May 8th, 2009
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    12:33 pm  May 9th, 2009
  32. margarita

    HI!
    i would like to join in this challenge.
    do you know how long it can take till the book arrives to Argentina, Buenos Aires?
    thanks

    2:10 pm  May 9th, 2009
  33. BodaciousGirl

    Looking forward to being in this group! And I can’t WAIT till flat bread week… ;-)

    10:54 am  May 10th, 2009
  34. Jana

    Woo – hoo! This is a fabulous idea. I’m in if it’s not too late!

    4:02 pm  May 11th, 2009
  35. Elle

    Would like to join up once I return home…leaving right around post date of first recipe. Can catch up fast once I get home. Will e-mail then.
    Sounds like a blast! Glad that so many are willing to playl

    8:07 pm  May 11th, 2009
  36. Jamie

    Wow ! I just bought this book but am afraid to make the once-a-week commitment. I do participate in BBD and Yeastspotting and I try to do BBB as well. But this one makes me a bit afraid….

    I’ll bake along when I can though and compare my results with yours. Have fun!

    10:45 am  May 12th, 2009
  37. Dianne

    This sounds great! I love the book, and would love to participate. I need a good excuse to bake more than just the light wheat bread from Peter’s book. :)

    Is it too late to be added to the list?

    Thanks!

    12:17 pm  May 12th, 2009
  38. Willy

    I just bought this book one week ago and love to join this challenge.
    Thanks Willy

    1:09 am  May 13th, 2009
  39. Guy Snape

    Great idea – count me in! I’ll post results at http://www.breadsecrets.com/blog/

    3:26 am  May 13th, 2009
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  41. alice

    Great, I will follow your progress. I have the book so I will let you all test the recipes and let us know which ones we just have to try! Thanks.

    3:51 pm  May 13th, 2009
  42. Katie

    This is so cool! What a great idea! I was just blogging about The Bread Baker’s Apprentice this morning. I googled it so that I could include a link in my blog. Luckily, I came across your site at the same time. I would really love to join if it’s not too late!
    Thanks,
    Katie

    5:29 am  May 14th, 2009
  43. ivyb

    Okay, so…. I made the Anadama bread last night, but in three smaller loaves. One, a friend hung around till they came out of the oven to take home with him, the other two are in the “breadbox” (also known as a microwave…). I had three slices of toast with butter this morning with my coffee. This, from someone who never eats in the morning! Yes, it was “that good”! Will let all know family’s reaction later. (If this is not the space, please forgive and direct me…..)

    5:44 am  May 14th, 2009
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    6:47 am  May 14th, 2009
  45. chris

    Just wanted to say, I pulled the Anadama loaf from my oven yesterday and it was delicious. I’ve learned so much from Peter but have yet to make quite a few of his recipes so I’m definitely excited to tag along with you guys and complete the challenge.

    9:18 am  May 17th, 2009
  46. Jeff Stern

    If I weren’t so busy making chocolate I would have loved to participate. I have been using Brother Juniper’s Bread Book for years, and it was my original baking bible!

    2:53 pm  May 17th, 2009
  47. Cathy

    What a great idea! I love this book and would love to join the challenge if you’re still accepting participants. I’ll post and share my results here http://breadmakingblog.breadexperience.com/. Thanks!

    1:30 pm  May 19th, 2009
  48. Lillian

    I’d love to join in — I make bread often, but I tend to make the same few loaves over and over again. Is it too late to be added to the blogroll? It’s horizon-broadening time!

    8:56 am  May 20th, 2009
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  50. Kiki

    I am in!

    3:38 am  May 22nd, 2009
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    12:28 pm  May 22nd, 2009
  52. Clay

    I just bought this book, been wanting it for some time now, found it at borders today. Is it too late to join the Challenge? Let me know

    Clay

    10:41 pm  May 23rd, 2009
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  54. Kate

    Love the book and the idea—I’m in—made the Anadama Bread 5/20, Christopsomos yesterday and Bagels are happening this am—I’m caught up I think.

    2:30 am  May 30th, 2009
  55. Kate

    adding blog address

    12:24 pm  May 30th, 2009
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  59. nora

    How exciting! My daughter is a food blogger (Culinerapy) and because she knows I love to bake bread she gave me BBA for Mother’s Day! Is it too late to join in? It’s such a great cook book, I would LOVE to learn along with you all!

    3:58 pm  Jun 8th, 2009
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    12:34 am  Jun 17th, 2009
  61. ivyb

    An update ….. of sorts…

    Due to family emergency, I have been spending my week-ends in Bklyn, so I have lagged a bit in the challenge. I finally made the bagels, then skipped to the challah, will fill in with the missing breads next week. I have promised to make the bagels a (semi-)weekly event now, along with the cinnamon buns, yeast cakes and challahs that I make every Thursday. One thing about the BBA breads so far…. not one “dud”, they are all good for repeats! I made the bagels on the 2 minutes each side boil, as the chewy bagels are more “NY”-ish.
    Peace,
    ivyb
    ny

    6:25 am  Jun 17th, 2009
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  81. Cecilia Baker

    I know I’m late to the party! But I just wanted you to know I’m starting this challenge today! I found a link on someone elses blog that brought me here! My dad got me the book for Christmas. I am currently waiting for my Anadama bread to ferment! Thank you for inspiring so many people to become better bread bakers! :)

    6:55 am  Jan 5th, 2014
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