The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: No 2. Artos: Greek Celebration Bread
Each week I am making a bread recipe from Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. The second bread in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was Artos: Greek Celebration Bread. The Greeks are always celebrating something. Any excuse to get together with friends, family and great food. We should all be a little more Greek.
There are several variations of this bread, each one for a specific celebration. I chose to do the Christopsomos version. It is traditionally served at Christmas and has a 'unique bread-dough cross laminated on top of a round loaf'.
The glaze on the bread crust is made with water, sugar, honey and lemon. It gives this bread a gorgeous shiny surface. This bread is scented with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. It smells amazing. I added some raisins, dried cranberries and toasted walnuts. I can't wait to make this one again.
This bread will be going to my nieces who are half Greek. I hope they like it as much as I do. Be sure to check out what the other challenge participants have done.
Next week: Bagels!