Since it's finally a true day of spring, I figured today is the perfect time to tell you about my new "gardening" endeavor. I've been wanting to grow my own herbs for some time now, but it took the help of some of my favorite people being in town to make it happen. This past week we were fortunate enough to have a house full of wonderful visitors! My mom, Kaston's mom Annette, and my ex-suite mate from Mizzou Kaitlin were here. It was such a blast having all six of us packed into our tiny apartment. And no, I'm not being sarcastic. We got to show them around the city and of course take them to all of our favorite places to eat.
|Nick, Mom, Kaitlin, Me, Kaston, Annette|
|Doesn't she just look like a crafting queen?|
|The precious pots.|
So I'm sure you're wondering when I'm going to bring food into this. Well, the time is now. Like I mentioned in my last blog, I have been rummaging through other food blogs lately. My new favorite is The Pioneer Woman. She has such an impressive and intricate blog filled with all kinds of goodies. You should check her out. The Pioneer Woman While I was looking through her blog I was keeping my eye out for a recipe that I could incorporate my freshly grown herbs into. And I found just that. It was a bread that caught my eye. And it called for fresh herbs, just what I was looking for.
4 cups bread flour (or all purpose)
1 cup water
4 oz. melted butter with your choice of chopped herbs. I used rosemary and a little bit of thyme.
2 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
To start, I added the tsp of yeast to the water and let it dissolve for a couple of minutes. I then combined all of the ingredients in my mixer using the dough hook. It can be done by hand but when I have a $500 mixer that I bought for $12 I will be using it at any chance I get :)
|Freshly picked herbs.|
|Melt the butter and then add the herbs. Let it cool and then add to the flour mixture.|
After it was ready, I covered the mixing bowl with a damp cloth and let it rise for an hour or two. When it has doubled in size, knead by hand for a minute or so. Then it is ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. The Pioneer Woman baked her bread in a cast iron pan with a top however, I didn't have one that would fit in our tiny little oven. So I baked in an oven safe glass bowl with a lid. Whatever works right? Before putting it in the oven, coat the sides of the dish with olive oil, cut a large x in the top of the bread, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid, and then remove and bake for another 15-30 minutes as needed.
|Serve warm with melted butter.|
If anyone gets around to making this I would love to hear how it turns out!