BBA Challenge (Week 2): Artos Greek Celebration Bread

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In the past year I’ve learned a lot of things.

I’ve learned that it’s possible to get along with people you won’t always agree with.

I’ve learned that I need to keep the door to my balcony open and exhaust fan on when I turn my oven higher than 450 degrees or the smoke alarm will sound.

I taught myself how to make pizza dough from scratch and I learned a little bit about HTML coding (I still can’t do it, but I know what it IS and that’s more than I could have said a year ago).

I’ve learned how to successfully navigate the taxi lines at JFK Airport, a task that once seemed intimidating for me to do on my own.

I’ve learned that the world won’t come crashing down around me if I put on ten pounds (but my favorite jeans might not fit as well. That’s what department stores are for).

I’ve learned all these things since I began blogging approximately a year ago (a year ago yesterday to be exact).

While many bloggers celebrate their one year “blog-iversary” with an essay about why their blog has been meaningful to them or an image of a cupcake with one single candle, it wasn’t something I felt compelled to do.

Which is a good thing, since it wasn’t until about 4:00 PM yesterday that I actually realized I’d hit the one year mark and I never would have had time to bang out a quick post.

So, consistent with the theme around here these days, it seemed appropriate to honor this here blog with my post about Artos, a Greek Celebration Bread that I baked as part of the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge that I recently joined.

Though there are many variations on Artos, Peter Reinhart gives us a basic formula and two preferred variations, Christopsomos (a Christmas bread) and Lambropsomo (an Easter bread).

While the latter two recipes incorporated various dried fruits and nut combinations, I decided to keep this one simple and bake it according to the master recipe.

My intention to “keep it simple” sort of backfired because I left the bread in the oven a tad longer than I should have (tad = extra half hour).

Despite a deeper hued and crispier crust, the bread was aromatic, spicy and even seemed out of place in my kitchen as I puttered around in a sundress.

Artos would definitely be well enjoyed in colder weather, when we crave warm and comforting foods more than we crave fitting into our bathing suits.

So to come full circle, it seems like in the past year, I’ve also learned, um, how to burn bread.

If you want to learn how not to burn bread, more specifically, Greek Celebration Bread, feel free to visit some of my fellow bakers in the BBA challenge:

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White Apples – Artos – It’s a Celebration!

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Salt & Serenity – Artos, My Greek Jewish Bread

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No Fear Entertaining – Artos: Greek Celebration Breads

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    Elyse
    May 30, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! I absolutely love your blog, and here’s hoping for many more years of wonderful writing and fabulous recipes. And how perfect to celebrate with this Greek celebration bread. It looks absolutely delicious!! Sorry I’ve been absent for the past week; I had a friend in town and couldn’t do much blogging!

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    Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella
    May 30, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations on your 1st Blogsaversary and on your gorgeous bread. What a lovely way to celebrate. You speak through baking which is how we all like to 🙂

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    Catherine
    May 29, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations on your year! The loaf looks lovely just the way you baked it.

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    Deborah
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Happy blog birthday! Your bread sounds wonderful.

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    lisa (dandysugar)
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Happy Anniversary Maris! Your bread looks delicious..Thanks for the great recipes and stories, I always enjoy reading your blog!!

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    Molly
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Congrats, Maris! A full year of blogging! So impressive. I’m so glad I was introduced to you and your site!

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    ksgoodeats
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Congrats on your one year!! That bread looks amazing! I would probably have polished that loaf off in celebration of your anniversary 😉

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    Debbie Davis
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Happy Anniversary! I enjoy your blog!

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    elra
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    To be honest with you, I like the crust that is a bit browner. So I tend to bake it a bit longer then the recipe ask for. Yours in my opinion look really good with the crust like that. It’s more tempting to me.

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    saltandserenity
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Mazel -tov on your one year anniversary! I have only just started blogging I now realize what a huge time commitment it is. So kudos to you! Your bread looks yummy, despite the extra baking time.
    Thanks for the mention of my blog.
    Cindy

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    doggybloggy
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    well I have had a few anniversaries come and go and I have forgotten everyone….but that bread – that is something to be remembered…

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    carrol
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    thanx for the wonderful recipes….il sure try them out..Please check out the blog mentioned below its really cool….!!!im sure you’ll love it!!!
    http://www.stay-sharp.in

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    daryl
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations on the year anniversary of blogging. You are a gifted writer and cook and I am so very very proud of you

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    Susie
    May 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I would forget my breads in the oven too but I carry the timer around with me. 🙂
    Great write up.
    Great baking along with you,
    Susie

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