Artos/Christopsomos BBA Challenge

Greek Celebration Bread



This is the second bread I made for the BBA Challenge. We had to bake a Greek Celebration bread. I choose the Christopsomos. You need two days to make this bread. The first day you prepare the polish and the next day you mix the polish with rest of the ingredients.

Lot's of flavors going on in this bread. During the kneading process spices, nuts, fruits and extracts are added to the dough: cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, orange extract, almond extract, golden raisins, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

This was my first experience with a Greek Celebration Bread. I have never tasted one before. At first I did not fall in love with the bread but the more I eat it the more I like it. I especially liked it toasted with butter.

I don't think I will make this bread again but I am satisfied with the results. I learned new techiniques. Next recipe we are making are bagels.

Greek Celebration Breads from other BBA’ers:

Pinch My Salt
The Yumarama Bread Blog
Appoggiatura
Italian Food Forever
White Apples A Blog

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  1. Wow 2 days...I admire your patience and your bread baking talents. It looks great.

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  2. It certainly looks and sounds wonderful. I really enjoy using dried fruits and nuts in baking.

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  3. it looks really pretty, but I can see that it would be an acquired taste.

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  4. What a great challenge! I haven't tried this bread. It looks superb!

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  5. Looks like a bready version of a good pannetone! Lovely flavours and aromas in it, I'm sure!
    Great job :)

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  6. Your bread is gorgeous.
    Great job and have fun with the bagels.
    Susie

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  7. Yes, agree. As soon as I saw the photo I thought: toasted with butter!

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  8. It looks so good! Imagine eating with butter on it *drool*

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  9. It's a gorgeous bread and loaded with goodies! It turned out perfect for all of your work!

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  10. This bread look delicious I nuts and fruits with jam and butter .Yum!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful bread recipe:)


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  11. I can only imagine the wonderful aromas coming from your kitchen Helene:D

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  12. It looks so beautiful. Love the addition of the dried fruits and nuts.

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  13. Mmm that bread looks so good! I need to try some recipes from that book.

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  14. I love BBA, but this is one of the few recipes I haven't made yet. I'll have to try it!

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  15. Its sure that food is your passion..very nice click.

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  16. I'm glad that it gradually grew on you! I thought I would have had to ask you for the loaf so I'd finish it, hee hee :)

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  17. This bread looks so delicious! What a lovely photo as well.

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  18. That's one beautiful bread, can't wait to see the bagels :)

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  19. What a fantastic photo. The bread looks really delicious.

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  20. It looks like it has a good texture, and I like the sound of the spices.

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  21. It's hard when you put this much work into something and you don't quite like it! I felt that way about the Anadama, to be honest...but it looks perfect! The bagels were very satisfying to make...and I'm looking forward to a lot of the "C" breads too!

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  22. Looks so yummy.
    I amde the basoc greek celebration bread from the book and we were in love with it from the first bite.
    I am surprised to hear you didn't like them.
    It really looks so good.

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  23. It looks so gorgeous!!!! I can't wait to make this one! I'm sorry you weren't crazy about it, but I am glad that it grew on you!

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  24. Your bread is gorgeous...I love the texture of it and the fruit just shows up so nicely. The spicing wasn't for an every day kind of bread, was it? But I can see it being a celebration bread and fun to have during the holidays. It was fun to experience it as I am a new baker...very new...this was my 3rd loaf of bread ever. Yours is lovely.

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  25. These flavors grow on you and one day you find yourself craving it. Your bread turned out great!

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  26. Thanks for stopping by, Asafoetida you will surely find in any of the Indian / Asian store near you.

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  27. I also liked it toasted with butter! I hope I do make it again, but I think it will be more of a holiday bread for me. It could feed a small army!

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  28. A nice bakery as we like to have every day ... a beautiful picture, a beautiful idea and it's happiness I love ...

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  29. your first try? most impressive, helene--it looks positively perfect!

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  30. Helene, a fabulous job on the Christopsomo...I wish I couls sink my teeth into it now.

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  31. Your bread looks great with the fruit and nuts! I'm imagining how delicious a toasted piece of it with butter must be.

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  32. I now what you mean, reminds me my first homemade phyllo dough. I made just one time in my life and was enough-
    The bread sound so good.

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  33. oh wow you're definitely a bread expert. It looks per-fect!

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  34. I can't say I've ever tried Greek bread, but this one looks delicious. Looking forward to your bagels!

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  35. Ooh teas, toasted with butter!!
    Your bread is gorgeous!

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  36. Wow! Helene, your bread beckons...it looks absolutely gorgeous. Well done!

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  37. Yeah I was not really happy with this bread either. Now the bagels ohhh...heaven in a circular form.

    Now the brioche I am going to love because butter and a chance to lose my left ventricle.

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  38. It's my first time here and I love your blog!!!

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  39. Je pense qu'avec tous ces fruits et épices, ce pain devait être délicieux malgré le travail qu'il t'a demané.

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  40. I can help you nibble if there's some left Helene. Looks lovely. I love nuts & cranberries in loaves & am so envious of the BBAs! Your loaf is lovely & I'm glad it grew on you! Looking forward to the bagels!

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  41. ¨What a gorgeous loaf of bread! Really tempting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  42. I love your photo! Looks delish! I don't know if I'd have the patience to wait 2 days!!

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  43. Helene
    You are doing this too. Seems everyone is in on it. I'm jealous. I just don't have that time right now. Looks captivating, appealing, wonderful. I want this at thanksgiving and christmas with lots of butter. Or, maybe french toasted.

    I subscribed to your blog, but didn't get the notice. That seems to happen a lot to my favorite bloggers.

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  44. Bonjour Hélène, j'ai une surprise pour toi sur mon blog.

    Passe une belle journée.
    Josée

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  45. Beautiful picture! The bread looks absolutely delicious....

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  46. Lovely! I like the crumb, yours is so light and airy.

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  47. This bread sounds pretty wonderful. It has tons of great spices we love, and definitely the touch of orange is appreciated.

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  48. Beautifully done! I love breads with dried fruit.

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  49. I love baking bread, something so satisfying about it. This bread looks nice, and so many great flavors... toasted with melted butter mmmmmm.

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  50. wow that sounds so good ..great job..it looks so perfect!

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  51. Oh, that looks sooo good... I never made real bread... only fat one that bakes on the same day :)

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  52. That is one beautiful bread. And with all of those flavors I can see why it is made for a celebration! Delicious!

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  53. You are very talented! I love trying new recipes for baking breads. It can sound easy, but there are many nuances, and so much to learn!!! This looks delish!

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