Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, a Year of Blogging, and a Giveaway

Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge

Peter Reinhart Cookbook Winner

UPDATE: We have a winner! Comment #78 belongs to Nancy. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating!

I started this blog a year ago. The first post was about Peter Reinhart’s French Bread from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. 60 bread-related posts later, my hands are supple from kneading all that dough but the list of recipes to try has never been longer.

Joining The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge increased the queue by 43 items. This post will be updated regularly as MY way of keeping track of MY progress .

Since this self-serving post has zero value to you, I’ve decided to give away a copy of your Peter Reinhart book of choice. The book you see above has all sorts of suspect stains and crustiness, but if you want it, I’ll gladly send it over.

On second thought, that’s the first bread book I ever owned so its sentimental value is off the charts. May I suggest picking a brand new copy from this list instead?

If you win, tell me which book you want and I’ll send it to you directly from Amazon. It’s sort of like buying you a beer but with more carbs and less buzz. If I understand Amazon’s international shipping policy correctly, they’ll send books anywhere so feel free to enter wherever you are.

Just leave a comment and say hi, tell a joke, or write about the meaning of life. All I ask is that you enter only once. I’ll randomly select one winner on May 31.

My Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge Index

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Anadama Bread Recipe100% Whole Grain Anadama Bread
Artos - Greek Celebration Bread
BagelsPumpernickel Bagels
BriochePoilâne's Mint Brioche
Pumpkin Spice Brioche
Ensaimada - Filipino Cheese Brioche
ChallahNew York Times Challah
CiabattaEric Kayser's Ciabatta au Levain Liquide
Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Raisin Walnut BreadCinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread - 100% Whole Wheat
Corn BreadSemolina Corn Bread
Cranberry Walnut Bread
English Muffins
FocacciaRosemary Potato Pizza
French BreadEric Kayser's Baguettes Monge
Italian BreadSourdough Italian-Style French Bread
Kaiser Rolls
Lavash Crackers
Light Wheat Bread
Marbled Rye Bread
Multigrain Bread ExtraordinaireFive-Grain Walnut Bread
Pain à l’ancienne
Pain de Campagne
Pane Siciliano
Pizza Napoletana
Poolish Baguettes
Portuguese Sweet Bread
Potato Rosemary BreadWhole Grain Potato Rosemary Bread
Sourdough: Basic Sourdough Bread
Sourdough: New York Deli Rye
Sourdough: 100% Sourdough Rye BreadWhole Rye and Wheat Sourdough
Sourdough: Poilâne-Style Miche
Sourdough: Pumpernickel BreadPumpernickel Bagels
Sourdough: Sunflower Seed RyeSonnenblumenbrot - German Sunflower Seed Bread
StollenDan Lepard's Stollen Recipe
Swedish Rye (Limpa)
Tuscan Bread
Vienna Bread
White Breads
Whole Wheat BreadHoney Wheat Sandwich Bread - 100% Whole Grain
Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Torpedoes
Roasted Onion and Asiago Miche
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159 Responses to “Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, a Year of Blogging, and a Giveaway”

  1. rookie cookie says:

    Let’s see, what can I tell you. Well, right now, I am sitting in bed watching “The Holiday” and my 4 year old keeps coming in with some new excuse as to why he can’t go to bed. The latest is his elbow itches.

    I admire you taking on the Bread Baker’s Challenge. I know so very little about bread baking. It is so daunting. Good luck!

  2. Ethan/Brake for Bread says:

    That’s an impressive looking list. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to jump into the BBA challenge. Best of luck, enjoy the journey.

  3. aleta says:

    Congratulations on a whole year! I’m halfway there technically, but in terms of that whole “posting more than once in three months” thing, I’m not so close.

    As someone who avoids making bread because she knows she’ll just eat it in a single day, I think I might be okay to take on the American Pie Perfect Pizza title.

    And hey, you can even send me a used copy. That’s fine by me. Yep.

  4. SavingDiva says:

    While I agree with Aleta (I have consumed a full loaf of bread in a day), I love baking bread…sorry, that’s all I’ve got. I don’t have the secret to life or anything.

  5. Rosa says:

    Congratulations on your year of blogging! I’d love to win that great book! It has been on my wishlist since long…



  6. Chavi says:

    If only I had my copy in Israel with me I’d be baking right along! Instead I’ll be eagerly awaiting every post! Enjoy all your breadbaking!!

  7. Rina says:

    Congratulations on 1 year! Goes by quickly, doesn’t it?

    That’s quite a list – good luck! I joined the Daring Bakers last summer and am amazed and how much I’ve enjoyed baking. I used to be exceptionally hesitant about bread and baking, in general.

    I have a joke! It’s bad – you’ve been warned.

    Q. What’s brown and sticky?
    A. A stick!

  8. noobcook says:

    Happy Blogging-versary. I enjoyed reading your food blog and your photos are fabulous.

  9. Y says:

    Happy 1st blog birthday :) I’ve truly enjoyed each and every one of your bread posts, as well as the other things you cook. Very inspiring!

  10. Susie says:

    Happy 1 year anniversary. I would LOVE Peter’s Whole Grain Breads BOOK. You have done quite a few of his recipes already. Great job.
    It is fun baking along with you. I’ll be starting #3 today.

  11. Loren says:

    Right below this “leave reply” box, there is a recent post of sauteed ramps in guanciale. I LOVE guanciale. After posting this, I think I’m going to peek on over there!

    Cheers and fantastic blog!

  12. Mama JJ says:

    Congrats on the one year milestone! No jokes here—too early in the morning. Hubby is outside watering the plants since we had a frost last night. Baby number four is curled up on the chair watching me peck away; he’s up way too early, so it will be a long day, I’m afraid. The other kids are still snoozing. I must soon get off the computer to go mix up the oatmeal pancakes. Let’s see, what else… we’re butchering 33 chickens on Saturday, I’m reading “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down”, I have a meeting at church this morning. Okay, I think that’s a sufficient picture of my life at present. Toodles!

  13. Tummywise says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I just recently started baking bread. I started on white sandwich bread and now have moved on to whole-wheat bread, pita bread, tortilla, french bread and naan. I hope to improve and make loads more interesting bread.

  14. Natashya says:

    Happy anniversary! What an accomplished list you have there, I might do your pumpernickel bagels on BBA bagel week. Thanks!

  15. Eva Y says:

    Yay! A giveaway that involves bread. What more can a girl ask for?!

  16. Caitlin says:

    Holy crap, only a year? Oh the carby goodness that has been contained in it though… And there you go again – by consolidating all those breads in one place, my to-bake list just expanded exponentially.

  17. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:

    Ooh yay a competition I can enter! Hmm pressure’s on…the meaning of life…is food and good company? Anyway congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! What a fantastic achievement! :D

  18. Pigpigscorner says:

    A year already! I think mine is around there too. Congrats! I’m addicted to making bread nowadays and am thinking if I should take up that challenge!

  19. Akane says:

    Congratulations! I’ve discovered your blog recently, but now I am a big fan of your recipes, photos and writing :)
    I’m starting making my own bread (is addictive!) with The Bread Baker’s Apprentice (“El aprendiz de panadero” in spanish); I’m in love with that book. I’m sure the other Peter Reinhart books are also marvellous.

    Thanks for your fantastic work!

  20. Peter says:

    Congrats, happy cooking and PICK ME!

  21. Paula says:

    Two cannibals were sitting around the campfire talking. One of the cannibals said, “You know, I just don’t like my brother-in-law.”

    To which the other replied, “Then just eat the noodles.”

    Congrats on one year!

  22. Rachel says:

    Congratulations! We started around the same time. My 1-year was almost two weeks ago. I’m sad and sorry to say that I missed my own…things were out of control around here. Maybe I should bake myself a big cake and celebrate it anyway. :)

  23. Emma says:

    One year is impressive!!
    I love making bread and lust after cookbooks.
    Keep up the bloggin’

  24. Temperance says:

    sounds like great personal challenge. I look forward to teh results

  25. Val says:

    Congrats on your anniversary!

    That apprentice challenge to-do list is daunting! I’m sure you’ll need me to come by & help with all that left over bread. ;o}

    I can’t remember any clean jokes.
    Don’t know the meaning of life yet, but I’d better hurry cuz I ain’t getting any younger.

    Here’s my mantra.. Nothing is worth more than this day.

  26. Digigirl says:

    Congratulations on your blogoversary!

  27. kat says:

    Congrats on making it one year! You are a bread making machine!

  28. sweetbird says:

    Congratulations on one year, Jude! I’ve fallen in love with your blog and wish you the best for another year of witty banter and yeast-driven mischief.

    “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” was the only book I really, really wanted for Christmas this year that I didn’t get. I did get “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day,” though. Not that I’ve had enough time to make anything from it…

  29. Charlynne says:

    I love baking bread, just wish I had more time to do it. Maybe my upcoming maternity leave will be a good time to get my hands in the dough!

    Congratulations on your one-year anniversary!

  30. Heather says:

    What a great idea! I wish you luck on your adventure.

    I took a break-baking course a few months ago and it was eye-opening…thanks for the beautiful, inspiring posts. Looking forward to more.

  31. Manggy says:

    Aw, geez… Here we go. Hi! Anong isda ang sumasabog? Eh di pla-pla! And… I have no idea what the meaning of life is. :) Looking forward to hundreds of more bread posts Jude! :)

  32. lisaiscooking says:

    Congratulations on your first year! Looking forward to more great posts.

  33. Lori says:

    I would love Whole Grain Bread. Its on my to get list.

    Ahh, the meaning of life. In my humble opinion, I believe it is to eat, live, love (all senses of the word), laugh, breath, cry, create, iamgine, dream… Okay like it is the best I could do here.

    I am so glad you started your blog a year ago! I love to see what you are up to and to learn something, as I usually do from you. Thank you! Keep on Blogging!

  34. rainbowbrown says:


  35. Erin says:

    Happy 1st Blogiversary!

    Why do white bears dissolve in water?
    Because they’re polar!

  36. Nick says:

    This blog is great. Your posts about different varieties bread are inspiring, though at the moment I’m focusing on perfecting my technique with my own version of sourdough. I use a culture made from locally produced flour, and I’m very close to what I want. Biggest hurdle right now is producing consistent results. I have to say that I probably wouldn’t have the patience to keep up a blog like this, and if I did it would be boring – same recipe every time, as I gradually improve my technique.

    Keep up the good work. Also, I want to mention that your non-bread posts are great as well. Very interesting recipes.

  37. veredg gabay says:


    I would love Whole Grain Bread.

    From my point of view there is nothing funny about bread baking. It’s more like Love. If you do it right it grows and smells nice, if you don’t it shrinks and looks pathetic.

    Thank you for a wonderfull blog.

  38. Shelley says:

    What a great give away! I love love love making bread!
    If I won I would pick The Bread Bakers Apprentice book.
    I just found you through foodgawker, but will definately be adding you to my list of blogs!

  39. Soma says:

    Congrats Jude!! That is indeed a long list.. u bake & i’ll come & taste:-).. let me tell you that U R an inspiration!! Really.. i am no baker, but when i come here, i really get that push to bake just by seeing the things u do!

    Now a joke which i saved in my heart from a year back.. my daughter then 2.5 surprised us with a knock knock joke..

    Knock! Knock!
    Who’s There?
    Twinkle Who?
    Twinkle Twinkle little Star..

    & recently she called a Dandelion a “White Tiger” .. apparently she got mixed up with a lion & tiger & remembered the color of the flower she blows to make a wish!

    Sorry .. but u asked for jokes:-D

  40. Amy I. says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Jude! I’ve been coveting the Bread Baker’s Apprentice since I started reading about the challenge all over the food blogs a few weeks ago. May you have many more years of successful and enjoyable blogging.

  41. grace says:

    congrats on a year of many, many terrific posts! and of all the books on that list (an awesome collection, by the way), i’m lacking the one filled with recipes from brother juniper’s cafe. sacramental magic, indeed! :)

  42. Baking Soda says:

    Congrats! Your list is inspiring, I want a list like that, in fact I am going to make myself one right eh… well not now, dinner’s first, then a bit of house tidying is in order because tonight an architect will come to see if he can draw up a first floor that’s somewhat more accomodating for this family (of course this should/will involve a new kitchen with ample space for kneading and baking…) I am so excited!

  43. Amy says:

    That’s a very impressive list that you have made. I have yet to tackle homemade bread but would like to try sometime soon!

  44. Irene says:

    Oh my goodness, I would love love LOVE a copy of the BBA. Loooooooove. Happy blog-aversary!!! Here’s hoping for many more of you bringing us fresh bread and lovely photos.

  45. Leela says:

    Dropping by to say hi because rumor has it some freebies are up for grabs. Congrats on the blog anniversary, Jude. The first post was an excellent one, yet you’ve managed to constantly top yourself this past year.

  46. Lisa says:

    Congratulations! I would love to win a new bread book!

  47. Sara says:

    Hi! :) I’m doing the BBA Challenge too…can’t wait for all the bread! Very cool list–I love how you’ve organized it! :)

  48. rachel says:

    Ah bread, why I get up in the morning. Nothing like carbs to kick off the day!

  49. Catofstripes says:

    Gosh, nothing to say that’s not been said before…

    So how about – Man walks into a bar and

    bumps his head. Boom boom.

  50. brilynn says:

    Congrats on a year! I have BBA and really need to bake from it more, I’ve been debating joining the challenge group…

    Purple monkey dishwasher.

  51. postcollegecook says:

    I would love to win the Bread Baker’s Apprentice! I could use a lot of help in developing my bread making technique.

    Thanks for all your insightful posts :)

  52. Jennifer says:

    I love Peter Reinhart’s Portuguese Sweet Bread from “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice”.

  53. :: jozjozjoz :: says:

    You know what’s crazy? I was looking up a recipe for steamed lemon chicken and landed on yours!

    So anyway, hi!

    And I thought I’d go ahead and enter!

  54. Haley J. says:

    WOW! Congratulations on one year of blogging! I guess I have been reading your blog since it began and didn’t even realize it. I’ve really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to another year of reading it. Here’s to baking our way through the Bread Baker’s Apprentice!

  55. The Duo Dishes says:

    So many congrats on your year anniversary! Quite a feat. You’ve been baking up a storm, and everything you make is delectable, and surely gorgeous. The photos are supreme! Perhaps you are showing us that the meaning of life is eating lots of good carbs!

  56. mary says:

    Happy blogbirthday. I don’t know any good jokes. I seriously started to google jokes so I could write one, but that seemed silly. I have a feeling the meaning of life and good bread are both things worth striving for and enjoying the journey as we strive.

  57. siri says:

    Congrats Congrats Congrats! 60 yeasted bread posts in one year is nothing to scoff at.

    I’m a Peter Reinhart virgin, which means that any of his books in the mail would be a treat!

    Here’s to a great second year!


  58. Karen says:

    Congrats on your blogiversary! Keep baking.

  59. Lena says:

    Congratulations on one year of blogging ! You have a wonderful and VERY useful blog ! I love it A LOT !

  60. Maria says:

    Congratulations on your blogging. I never ate much bread until I moved to England… then I had a taste of my first English bread. Got to love that crust!

  61. Vicki says:

    Happy Blogiversary!

  62. Jennifer says:

    Baking bread scares the heck out of me. That’s the one corner of the cooking section that I haven’t mastered… or attempted. I’d love to try The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. I’ve heard great things!

  63. Mary S says:

    Congratulations! I would love to win a copy of “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice”.

  64. Mrs. L says:

    You really are bound and determined to get me to bake with yeast aren’t you??? :)

  65. Valerie says:

    That is an awesome list of bread! I will make more time to make bread. I WILL!

  66. _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver says:

    Happy “Birthday”! =D

  67. Mari says:

    Hi! I’ve been lurking for awhile… but giveaways draw me out.

    I don’t have the meaning of life, but I do have this great joke that I saw on the Amazon forums that you’ll hopefully find amusing. (I think it’s called the tomato garden joke).

    An old man lives by himself. Every year, he plants (replants?) a tomato garden, and every year, his only son helps him dig and break up the tough soil on which the garden is planted. One year, however, the son gets arrested, and is still in prison when tomato garden planting time rolls around. At a loss as to how to plant the garden without his son, the old man sends his son a letter:

    Dear Son,
    I am feeling pretty badly because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot with me.
    Love, Dad

    A few days later, the son responds:

    Dear Dad,
    Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where I buried the bodies.
    Love, your son

    The next morning, FBI agents and local police arrive and dig up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologize to the old man and leave. That same day the old man receives another letter from his son, which reads:

    Dear Dad,
    Sorry I couldn’t be there in person, but go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
    Love, your son

  68. Madam Chow says:

    Happy blogiversary! And I have to know how you make all those great looking charts in your posts. I’ve tried and failed repeatedly.

    I think your funniest post was the one where you couldn’t figure out why people thought you were a girl, not a guy. In my case, my friends’ filters at work block me because they think I’m a p0rn site!

  69. Sarah says:

    I’ll go the suck-up route instead. I’ve made many a loaf after your posts. Many have yielded wonderful results, but a few have made it into regular, and beloved circulation. Every morning entails a slice of toasted anadama for my husband, and 100% whole wheat cinnamon swirl for me, a sandwhich on 100% whole wheat sandwhich loaf for lunch.
    This weekend we went to the Farmers Market to pick up morrels and jersualem artichokes for soup-which is now a regular as well.
    Thanks for the constant inspiration.

  70. hollie moyer says:

    bread is soooooooooooooo good. and baking it is even better.
    congrats on the anniv.

  71. C says:

    Congrats on a year of blogging!

  72. Alla says:

    Congratulations Jude
    You has wonderful blog, so many surprising various . I always with interest *walking*:) here. I like to make and experiment with meals too. I like to bake bread also . My husband speaks – sins he has bought a stand mixer for me ,I has turned to the bread monster. Perhaps it so, I every week try a new recipes of bread. If you interesting,I can send you pair recipes of Russian and of Ukrainian bread. I was born in Ukraine, now I live in America and with pleasure study tastes and traditions of this country.

  73. Sean says:

    The first time I visited this blog was when I accidentally Googled here by clicking on your red bean pancake recipe. I’m proud to say all of the recipes I’ve made from your blog have been great successes!

    Going back to your comment on my blog, ALL french names sound complicated to me haha

  74. Siri says:

    Happy blog-o-anniversary. May you celebrate many such in future :)


  75. Erica from Cooking for Seven says:

    Just let me tell you how much I admire the photos on your blog. They have style. They tell the story well. They are bright and clear.
    Thanks for providing a quality food blog.


  76. Emily says:

    I love reading your little tid-bits and am really looking forward to reading all that you learn in baking these great recipes. I love baking bread and can’t wait to glean an education from you adventures!

  77. Kai says:

    There was this mynah pet which was put outside in the front lawn. The bird’s mimicry was so good that in no time at all it was able to reproduce faithfully the sound of the gate opening, and doing it every five minutes or so that people inside the house were constantly peeping out to see if someone is coming.

    So the mynah was put inside the house, but on that very same day it was whistling the tune of the phone ringing, and everybody got tired of picking the phone up, thinking somebody’s calling.

    So the mynah was put at the back of the house.

    And the punchline is, I want to mimic your bread baking, but I seriously need a professional guide, so I want that book. ;-)

    Happy anniversary!

  78. Nancy/n.o.e says:

    Happy Blogiversary, Jude! That’s quite the lineup of bread you’ve posted in a year’s time. I’ll have to say that your blog is one thing that led to my bread baking, and now I’m hooked. Lovely idea for a giveaway.

  79. Squawkfox says:

    Happy Blogiversary JUDE! I sincerely LOVE your blog and can’t wait to see what you bake next! XXOO

  80. Gale Reeves says:

    “American Pie” would be my choice. I was given the opportunity to test some recipes for his new book. Thanks for offering to share one of his books!
    Happy Anniversary!

  81. Aimee says:

    Isn’t this a happy coincidence. I was actually stopping by to thank you for a comment you left on my blog ages ago (that I didn’t respond to until now…shame on me!). But I find that you’re celebrating the very book that I’ve been immediately coveting – The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, that along with your Blogiversary…congrats by the way, that’s quite an achievement.

    I checked Apprentice out from the library along with Crust & Crumb trying to decide which one I prefer and Apprentice is definitely my preference. I actually did something…well…interesting with the bagel recipe this weekend (I’ll be posting on that later this week). It’s a great book. I can’t believe you baked all that bread! Congratulations again!

  82. Angie says:

    Congrats on a year of blogging!

  83. Lien says:

    Congratulations on a year of blogging, quite addictive isn’t it. I’ve enjoyed your posts a lot! Brave to commit yourself to this wonderful BBAC! Have Fun.
    about the meaning of life… well maybe “bake bread, break bread and share bread”.

  84. Caroline says:

    Congratulations, Jude on your blog’s first year. Keep up the good work, your blog is a constant inspiration. Your blog got me making yogurt, for goodness sake. Definitely, got me thinking on tackling yeast (which is my husband’s territory in the kitchen btw). Maybe Reinhart’s book will be the extra push I need, wink wink :)
    I’m still trying to figure out the meaning of life so how about a joke? Got this one from my kids, a food-related one, to boot:
    Q: What did the bee say to the flower?
    A: “Hello, honey!”

  85. linda says:

    Happy first blog anniversary! I’ve seen lots of delicious looking breads coming by. You already made lots from the book. I have the book too but I’ve only made one or 2 things…someday ;)

  86. AnneMarie says:

    On your one year anniversary, I have decided to start blogging while I tackle Reinhart’s book. I have been feeling like a voyeur. I am completely clueless but looking forward to baking.

  87. Elizabeth says:

    Congrats on a year Jude!!! And many more to come… :-D

  88. Claire says:

    Hi (:
    I’m a schoolgirl from Singapore, and many of your recipes have an Asian flavour that I love to use in the kitchen at home. I’ve only recently progressed to breadmaking, and I must say that I enjoy it very much. Your blog is really a wonderful resource :D

  89. Carol says:

    Congrats on your year! Nice book, and it seems as though my family and I are striving to make everything from scratch since the economy blew apart. It’s a silver lining!

  90. Joelen says:

    Congratulations and here’s to many many more recipes for the year to follow! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog and would love to meet you in person since we’re practically neighbors!

  91. Kristin says:

    Happy anniversary! And I have to say how much I love your beautiful photographs on the blog–they’re a real inspiration!

  92. Southern Lady says:

    Have been lurking, reading, and enjoying the pictures from BB. I enjoy cooking, experiment quite frequently with new recipes, and bake a lot. But i have fallen on hard times as my last 3 loaves were a disaster. Maybe I need a new recipe; maybe from a new cookbook. Congrats on your anniversary.

  93. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Great job! Wonderful breads always! Would love that book!

  94. Katie says:

    I love Peter Reinhart, especially all of his recipes with whole grains!

  95. The food Hunter says:

    Congratulations on 1 year posting. This is a great idea for a giveaway. Thanks, I would love a chance to win.

  96. Jescel says:

    since we have the same heritage, I’d tell you a Filipino joke:

    There is a good ol’barber in Union City named Tony.

    One day a Florist went to him for a haircut. After the haircut, he went to pay Tony and Tony replied : “I’m sorry I cannot accept money from you. I am doing a Community Service.” The Florist was happy and left the shop.

    The next morning when Tony opened his shop, there was a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting at his door.

    The following day a Cop went in for a haircut and he also went to pay but Tony replied : “I’m sorry I cannot accept money from you. I am doing a Community Service.” The Cop was happy and left the shop.

    The next morning when Tony opened his shop, there was a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting at his door.

    A Filipino went in for a haircut and he also went to pay Tony but he replied :”I’m sorry I cannot accept money from you. I am doing a Community Service.” The next morning when Tony went to open his shop, guess what he found there…

    A dozen Filipinos waiting for a free haircut!

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! Looking forward to more fantastic baked goodies from you!

  97. Trisha says:

    Why, Jude, the meaning of life is bread, is it not? Or something like that. I’ve been successfully baking from Reinhart’s Whole Grain breads book, and it’s made my life all the better. (In fact, there’s a brioche rising on my countertop just now.)

  98. Jillian says:

    Congrats on a year of blogging! I always enjoy your posts!

  99. Tangled Noodle says:

    Congratulations on a year of wonderful posts and delicious creations; wishing you many, many more! You are leagues ahead of me in all cooking respects but I love coming here to be inspired by and to admire your handiwork. I only wish I could have a taste of any of them . . .

  100. katiek @kitchensidecar says:

    I want a book! Bread book please! Things I would like to learn about bread: How NOT to make bad airy bagels, chinese 1000 layer bread, perfect chinese steamed bread, a great french roll for banh mi.

    Please gimme!

  101. Cheryl says:

    Congrats on one year of blogging.

    “Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers” sounds like a great book.

  102. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Ooooo Jude can I copy this? What a grand idea!

    Let’s see what can I tell you: That I’m so happy you’ve been blogging for a year and so look forward to the next year with you in the BBA Challenge!!

  103. Greg says:

    I discovered (late to the game) no-knead bread about 6 months ago, and my baking vista expanded considerably. I’ve got Sourdough Mother Dough in the fridge and did your Italian Sourdough a few weeks ago, to great applause from my son.

    Fantastic job on your blog. It’s one of a handful that I follow regularly.

  104. Esme says:

    Congrats on your blog. You have to love a well stained cookbook. It is a sign of good recipes.

  105. Hannah says:

    Congrats on one full year of delicious recipes! I look forward to seeing what the future holds for you and your blog, because it definitely seems promising. :)

  106. Amy L says:

    My son has been baking amazing breads and is really showing me up! I’d like to have The Breadmaker’s Apprentice so I can try to catch up to him =)
    And since I think he’ll like this book, too, maybe he’ll do some baking with me.

  107. Michelle S says:

    this is awesome! congrats on one year! you’ve got so much already accomplished and all with such beautiful photos. you probably baked more than i have in a lifetime. i hope to up that count a bit more this summer starting with the hot crossed buns recipe!

  108. Eggy says:

    Has it only been a year? I’ve been following your blog since September or October…I can’t remember which. I use to be suscribed to the RSS feed but your blog is one of the ones I’ve made a habit of checking out the entire website every few days for new posts…so I get the full package look instead of just the few words in the feed. ….That doesn’t really make sense, but lemme say I only memorize a small handful of blogs.

    Wow that’s ambitious. I just finished making the 100% sprouted wheat bread from his Whole Grains book….whackiest stuff I’ve ever worked with. It stuck to EVERYTHING. But that may have to do with the extra 24 hours I let them….ferment. >> *forgot to tell family to put the sprouts in the fridge while she was gone*

    You know…usually I can think of a joke or two. But I’m drawing a blank…except possibley the most classic of forehead-slappers.

    ‘Two guys walk into a bar. You’d think the second one would’ve saw it.’

  109. Jess on the farm says:

    Have two boules of delicious sourdough in the oven AS WE SPEAK! Through the glass, I can see the ears developing nicely. Congrats on a year of blogging — I look forward to more to come.

  110. Cycling Seacoast New Hampshire says:

    Hey, thanks so much for the blog. I’d never baked anything in my life but just on a lark I decided to try and make some baguettes and I used your pain a l’ancienne recipe which just happened to come up on google and looked good and easy enough.

    It came out awesome and now I bake all the time to surprise and pleasure of my friends and family. Your recipes are good, clear, accurate and mostly simple, and have great results. Thank you and keep ‘em coming!

  111. katie says:

    I want supple hands!

  112. Aparna says:

    First of all, congratulations on your first blog birthday and best wishes for many more here.

    You have an awesome amount of detailed bread posts to date (and more to come, I see) with beautiful pictures.

    More grease to that elbow, or should I say more suppleness to your hands? :D

  113. Kassy says:

    Hi! I’ve just started bread baking and love it! A new book would be really helpful :)

  114. Allen says:

    Hi! Great blog.

  115. timmary says:

    One of my goals in life is to bake a good loaf of bread. I have tried and have trouble knowing when the dough has doubled. If you want a joke, try my bread!

  116. Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    I admire you for taking on the art of making bread! I do it once in a while, but I could never keep up with the bread baking group. I’d love a copy of the BBA book. Maybe it would get me motivated to do more! Congrats on your 1st year of blogging!

  117. Mikan says:

    I love making bread. I’ve been doing it for about a year too but I need to learn to be a little more daring. I am taking a break from it right now though, which makes me a little sad. It’s starting to get hot in the New England area which means I don’t really want to turn on the oven. That and kneading lately has been hurting my bad wrist. *le sigh*

  118. Laura Hirosawa says:

    I only just found this website today. I haven’t gotten much done… ;) I would REALLY LOVE to correct my bread making and become MUCH, MUCH more confident! Everything I make that must rise usually ends up falling. But I live in Japan and am getting really sick of the complete lack of good, wholesome bread!! PICK ME! ^-^

  119. Gera @ SweetsFoods says:

    Sometimes I miss some posts…belated Congrats Jude for the year :) !! I’ve also put a link to this post in my section of giveaways.



  120. Susan Burnside says:

    Nothing can beat making that perfect loaf of bread… Please keep posting these lovely artisian bread recipes – and thanks for the rosemary potato pizza. Absolutely fabulous. Who would have thought !

  121. jenny says:

    I, too, started my blog a year ago.. bread was not my first to-try recipes – it seems too intimidating, yet recently I bake breads more often than any other kinds of baked goods :)

    Congratulations for your blog’s anniversary, by the way!

  122. Dragon says:

    I’m always inspired by your bread creations. :) Here’s your joke.

    Q.What did one slice of bread say to the other slice of bread when he saw some butter and jam on the table?

    A. We’re toast!

  123. Carla says:

    I’m planning on making bread tonight, actually. Ok so I’m cheating and using my bread machine. It’s still fresh bread, no? :)

  124. Tamara says:

    I envy the the BBA bakers, but I have too much on my plate right now…roasted potato bread AND multigrain levain.

    I love baking day.

  125. Ning says:

    Hey Jude! Happy happy blog anniversary! With the posts and recipes and the great pics you have on this blog, people would think you are an old-timer. One year only? Wow! And you have a lot of fans! Congratulations!

    I am just learning to bake bread and your blog is one of my inspirations! Here’s wishing you more blogging years ahead! God bless! :)

  126. clumbsycookie says:

    Congratulations to 1 year of blogging! It’s always a pleasure to come peak at your lovely loafs!

  127. Betherann says:

    Congrats on turning 1! Thanks for a great bread blog!

  128. Jamie L says:

    wow look at what you’ve accomplished in just a year…amazing…best wishes and keep up the good work lol~

  129. clay h says:

    not really the meaning of life but everyone needs to smile/laugh more. and if that means people should cook more, i’m all for it :)

  130. we are never full says:

    sweet! i just made it… congrats on a year of blogging. better yet – here’s to a year of excellent blogging with food posts that beat most. creative, interesting and delicious!

  131. Ann says:

    Happy blog birthday!

  132. Ryan says:

    I’m in awe of the number of people willing to do the challenge, if I win I might hop on in. Happy Blog Birthday.

  133. Rona Y says:

    Wow! So many breads in just one year! I’m waiting for you to do the English muffins. I’m always looking for a good English muffin demo!

    You’ve never made the Filipino snack carioca, have you? I found a recipe on Burnt Lumpia, but it seems a bit off to me. MarketMan had a carioca demo during his Bacolod trip, but no recipe! It’s sort of bread-like, so it could fit in with your bread-making quest!

  134. sara says:

    Hi hi!!
    Very well done blog with loatsa yummy pictures! Keep on the great job and the inspiration :)


  135. Katie says:

    I love reading about all of the 100% whole grain breads that you’ve made! I’ve been trying some out lately, and quickly discovered that Peter Reinhart definitely knows what he’s talking about. I would love to own a copy of his Whole Grain Breads book!

  136. jo says:

    Congratulations on this milestone ! I’ve been baking for for many years but baking bread is a favorite activity especially when my kids participate. I haven’t made anything from Mr. Reinhart’s book yet but am anxious to try. Best Wishes !

  137. lola says:

    hey, happy blogging anniversary! :)

  138. K. Smith says:

    The Bread Bakers Apprentice is a book I have heard so much about! I have been trying to get better at baking my own bread…but I think I get confused with the whole Yeast…oh goodness!

  139. J. Selking says:

    Great list of breads! Your list reminded me how many breads I’ve tried from BBA. I agree that it’s a fantastic book. His basic sourdough with a cup of walnuts kneaded in make a satisfying daily bread. The bagel recipe can also be easily tweaked to make sourdough bagels.

  140. bee says:

    congratulations on a splendid year of blogging. your blog has given me much joy and wisdom.

  141. raquel says:

    congratulations on your one year anniversary!! glad i found your blog…!

  142. Nancy (n.o.e.) says:

    I’m so excited to win your giveaway, Jude! Peter Reinhart is my bread guru and I’m looking forward to his new book in the Fall. And more posts from you – I always learn something. Here’s to more bloggy years!

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  144. sue w. says:

    I started out baking plain ole’ white bread. My family liked it well enough, then I tried Honey Oatmeal, they loved it! I would bake 6 loaves at a time ande it would dissapear so fast. Then I branched out into more rustic artesan breads, with the family favorite being a potato loaf. While doing living history reenacting I now get a chance to bake in a large clay oven. BREAD BAKING IS FUN!

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