Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Greek Celebration Bread - Christopsomos

Its back to breaking some bread with all of you :) The second bread in the book is the Greek Celebration Bread. You can find it here.This bread, as many of our fellow bread bakers declared is the best so far!! It is beautiful to look at, very easy to make and more importantly, is a lesson in making poolish.

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We tried the Christopsomos bread in the Greek Celebration bread list. And we weren't disappointed. The spices added a new dimension to this bread. Did I mention that this is a perfect bread for breakfast? Just a warm slice with some butter or with a chocolate dipping sauce, or with a fruity preserve or even as French Toast. This bread works beautifully without being overtly sweet. While, personally, I like my sweet bread sweet, the glaze did the job for me. There were a lot of discussions on the online forum about the use of glaze. A lot of people didn't try it, while a couple of others swore by it.

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Our thumb rule for this challenge is to learn and do the best we can and go the whole hog with the ingredients. We used poolish instead of barm, skipped the cloves and used lemon extract instead of almond extract. We also decided to give the sesame seeds a miss and we certainly didn't miss it! :D

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Do try this bread for a weekend brunch and you will be delighted at the results!

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54 comments:

Priya Sriram said...

Bread looks really awesome! Great work! :)

Indhu said...

that is soooo awesome... love the pictures... the bread looks glossy!

susies1955 said...

Great photos. Wonderful bread. YUM. You make me want to bake it again. :)
Susie

DEESHA said...

love the glossy look

Parita said...

Wow the bread looks perfect..nicely baked

Lisa said...

Stunning photographs. I want a piece of this bread right now!

Priya said...

Beautiful clicks....Prefectly baked bread!!

Soma said...

I love this bread. i had made this last christmas & had posted it. Loved all the spices went in it.

AnuSriram said...

Fabulous! Thats perfect and a beautiful click!

Hannah said...

Wow, this loaf is so shiny, it practically glows! Looks like a real treat. :)

SJ said...

oh Wow! It keeps getting better all the time. How many breads more ?

Vani said...

Nice clicks! The glaze gives the bread such a lovely look. Great job, guys!

Andrea said...

Ohh, very nice! The crust looks perfect!

Natashya said...

Looks beautiful! What a lovely colour.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

i like the glaze on top...looks nice.

Sakshi said...

gosh that's a bread?? god you are making me realise the world is not only about packed sliced multi grain breads??? was so glad and satisfied when I saw 100's of them stacked in the bread aisle of our super market and now you telling me it's possible to bake more and yummy ones at home??? guess I need to bake one to kill this Am not a baker feeling....
will get back to you if I get a decent one out of my oven...

Varsha Vipins said...

that glazed top is killing me..!!

Bharti said...

Beautiful bread! The glazed top looks delectable.

Nags said...

the glaze on top is awesome! *drool*

Donna-FFW said...

I love the glaze on the bread, gorgeous. And I agree with you butter, or slather with jelly, maybe some honey.. heaven!

Prathibha said...

Lovely glaze on the bread..looks really yummy..

Vibaas said...

look how glossy it is :) Yum! i can finish it in few seconds;-)

lisamichele said...

Gorgoues bread and the photos are spectacular! Yes, I'm up super late again, and not only beause of my knee, but because of my loss. Speaking of losses, Joba really needs to go to the BP. He barely ever goes more than 5 innings, and his first inning is always awful. Yucky loss last night/morning.

jayasree said...

Bread looks gorgeous. Good job.

Bong Mom said...

I love it by the look of it and the glaze shows. beautiful

Ingrid said...

Oh, shoot! Your photos of this bread are A- mazing! Lets see how well that bad boy travels and mail me some!! :) Seriously.
~ingrid

Shreya said...

Amazing! grt pics, especially the glaze has been captured so well:-)

Cham said...

Amazing glossy top! very tempting!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Absolutely gorgeous bread and photos!

Cakelaw said...

Oh wow - this looks gorgeous! Just the kind of bread I like.

Aparna said...

Looks very pretty and nice texture.
So Daring Cooks, Bread Baker's Apprentice Group, what's next I wonder? :)

Jaime said...

what a lovely loaf!

i haven't blogged about the apple crumb pie yet - i've been meaning to and will eventually :)

aTxVegn said...

That is one gorgeous bread. I like your idea of switching to lemon extract instead of almond.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your bread looks fantastic and so smooth!

Cheers,

Rosa

Nithya Praveen said...

Loved the click...it looks so awesome!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh God what a snaps.......Love that glossy look of the bread....looks soft and yum....

Priti said...

Wow that's looks so fab....wonderful ...yummy...

Samahita said...

That bread looks really awesome...

Red Chillies said...

Looks good and glossy, the shape reminds me of turkey (weired right?)

Juliana said...

WOW, the bread looks terrific...would love to have a bite...yummie! The pictures are really tempting...yummie again!

Vaishali said...

How gorgeous is that bread? Absolutely breathtaking, and the texture's just perfect.

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

I think you made a great choice to use the glaze. It looks awesome!

Arch said...

OMG..this looks awesome...love the shape and that lovely glaze !! You guys are brilliant !

madcapcupcake said...

What lovely looking bread. I'm a fan of bread, I must admit :)

Elyse said...

Mmm, this bread looks incredible! I'm so glad that it turned out so wonderfully. You're making me wish I had some so that I could have a toasted slice with jam for breakfast. Yum!

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Jacqueline said...

That looks absolutely fabulous! i would love to tuck into some of this for breakfast! A feast indeed :)

Chef Jeena said...

Fabulosu bread I love the shiny golden glaze.

Usha said...

Gorgeous looking bread, loved the one with the glossy sheen !

anudivya said...

Is that sinful or what! What a beautiful glossy finish. Love it!

Elle said...

That is one gorgeous bread!

Food Fanatic said...

omg tht was scary at first but u turned it into smthing good :)

Rumela said...

My father is a huge fan of Christopsomos bread and I always try to bake one for him whenever we see my parents. He has yet to be fully blown away by any of the recipes i've tried. Simplicity is key, and yours looks perfect! Can't wait to try it.

Amanda said...

It looks so fabulous! I just started the BBA, just posted my Anadama bread, this one in next!