I had last night's dinner all planned. Then I discovered I was missing one key ingredient, so that particular meal had to be scrubbed.
Don't you just hate when that happens?
But, never fear, the Bread Baking Babes came to the rescue.
Yesterday, I also played Buddy again, and made this month's challenge, Asparagus Bread with Parmesan Cheese and Walnuts, thoughtfully chosen by Lien of Notitie van Lien.
Once again, on Wednesday morning, I drove over to the Farmer's Market to see what I could find for various food-related projects. Once again, I was successful and came away with a variety of ultra-fresh produce, including asparagus and arugula.
I blanched and squeezed and grated and chopped.
Then I kneaded in the asparagus, arugula, walnuts, and parmesan.
Let it ferment and rise.
Then let it rise again.
Along with a chicken caesar salad, it made a most delicious dinner.
This is one terrific bread! Mostly, we just tasted the cheese and the walnuts, but the asparagus and arugula added color and moistness. This is one bread I will definitely bake again.
Check out the Babes and the Buddies for their take on this loaf. It's great fun to play along, too.
I must add that I find it both amazing and satisfying that I can take such simple ingredients like flour, water, oil, and yeast, and transform them into an artistic object with such wonderful texture, color, flavor, and aroma. It's like magic.