The Cool House: Still sick but at least we haven't lost our appetites

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Still sick but at least we haven't lost our appetites

We're still too sick to do anything productive like go out for cocktails but at least I can still cook.

What's in the huge size 28 Le Creuset casserole I inherited?

Buffalo chili, lots of buffalo chili. Enough to feed 2 people twice a day for five days.

Fresh out of the oven a loaf of No-time bread

Unfortunately it looks like this bread isn't going to last a day, let alone five. It is seriously good, requires only an hour once you've collected the ingredients from the pantry to slicing it and smearing it butter and it smells like heaven. At least I think it does. I lost my sense of smell sometime around January 3 with the first cold and it hasn't returned yet.
The basic recipe was so good last time that I got creative and made a *Tuscan inspired version

*No-Time Bread (standard recipe)
1 loaf

4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two packets)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer put the yeast, sugar, and water and let it sit.

Heat the oven to 450°F. Put a Dutch oven in to warm as the oven heats. Get out your flour, salt, vinegar, spray oil, and anything else you need.

Now that the yeast has had a few minutes to bubble up, add 3 cups of the flour as well as the salt and vinegar and beat for several minutes with the paddle. Add the last 1/2 cup of flour and switch to the dough hook and beat for seven minutes. Alternately, knead vigorously for five minutes, or until the dough becomes extremely elastic. This will still be a wet dough, but not goopy. The dough will clear the sides of the bowl but still stick to the bottom

Oil a microwave-safe bowl and transfer the bread dough to it, rolling it in the oil. Cover the bowl with a very wet towel. Cover the whole thing with a dry towel and put in the microwave for 25 seconds.

Tuscan Loaf
To the dry ingredients I added:
I tablespoon chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
To the water and balsamic I added:
2 tablespoons olive oil

Recipe via


Fred said...

I literally was not hungry until I saw this post. Thanks... j/k.

Anyhow, saw this post on and thought I would check it out. Soup looks good, and if you've got the same plague that's been running through our community, I felt your pain (literally, 5 days ago). It was aweful.

Get well soon!

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Anonymous said...

Looks like a great solution for staying in and getting over a cold. :) I am going to have to try that bread.

Anonymous said...

We love our le creuset for cooking! I hope you do too!

Jennifer said...

Mmm... bread. I haven't made it in ages! That recipe looks really easy, though. I might have to try it!

Kat Carroll said...

So sorry to hear that you guys are unwell. Hope you're on the road to recovery now.
Food looks fantastic and I also fancy making the bread as it looks too easy...far too easy to eat too!
Thanks for the boys birthday cards.