Breads, Yeast Breads

Pane Bianco

This is an award winning recipe found over at kingarthurflour.com, filled with basil, tomatoes, and cheese. It is so flavorful with a beautiful presentation that is easy to do.

Pane Bianco

Dough
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
1/3 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp instant yeast
1 large egg, beaten
3 Tbl olive oil
3 cups flour
1¼ tsp salt

Filling
3-4 Tbl basil paste*
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
3/4 cup shredded Italian-blend cheese

In bowl of mixer, mix milk, water, and yeast; let sit until foamy. Mix in egg and olive oil. Add flour and salt, knead dough for approx. 5-7 minutes, until it’s smooth and just barely sticking to bottom and/or sides of bowl. Place dough in lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until dough doubles, about 1 hour. While dough rises, thoroughly drain tomatoes, patting them dry, and cut into small pieces.

Deflate dough and pat or roll it into a 22″ x 9″ rectangle. Spread with basil paste, sprinkle with cheese and tomato pieces. Start with long edge and roll dough into a log. Pinch edges to seal. Place log seam-side down on lightly greased or lined (parchment or silpat) baking sheet. Start 1/2″ from one end and cut log lengthwise down center about 1″ deep, to within 1/2″ of the other end. Keeping cut side up, form an “S” shape. Tuck both ends under center of “S” to form a “figure 8;” pinch ends together to seal. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, 45 to 60 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 350°. Bake bread 35 to 40 minutes, tenting it with foil after 20 to 25 minutes to prevent over-browning. Remove bread from oven, and transfer to rack to cool.

*I used basil paste, the original recipe calls for fresh basil. There is garlic in the original recipe, I omitted it because I just wanted the flavor of the tomatoes, basil and cheese. If you would like to add garlic to the filling, it calls for 3-6 cloves peeled and minced.

Quick Breads

Sun Dried Tomato, Basil and Feta Scones

A savory scone, perfect with salad or soup, brunch along side an omelet, or an afternoon snack. Quick to stir together and look at those pretty babies! Recipe from abigmouthful.com.

Sun Dried Tomato Basil & Feta Scones

3 cups flour
2 Tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
8 Tbl cold butter, cut into pieces
1¼ cup buttermilk
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, well drained, roughly chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

Preheat oven to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Gently mix buttermilk, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes and basil into dry mixture, just until comes together, do not overmix. Turn out onto lightly floured surface, divide in half. Roll each half into 7″ diameter circle, about 1″ thick. Cut each circle into 8 triangles. Place on prepared pans. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until they are puffed and browned on top.

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Main Dish

Baked Spasagna

We love, love, love this dish! Crazy name but really makes sense, Lasagna and Spaghetti together makes Spasagna. This really is an amazing dish, if you love pasta and cheese, this is for you! A recipe from plainchicken.com.

Baked Spasagna

24 oz spaghetti
*32 oz (2 lbs) mozzarella cheese, grated
8 oz ricotta cheese
8 oz sour cream
1¼ cups half-and-half
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese , divided
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 jar (26oz) spaghetti sauce
1 lb italian sausage or ground beef (I used turkey sausage)

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain. Preheat oven to 350°.

In large bowl, stir together mozzarella, ricotta, sour cream, half-and-half, half the Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, and salt.  Add cooked spaghetti and toss until well coated. Pour into 9×13 pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes.

While pasta is baking, prepare meat sauce. Brown Italian sausage in skillet. Drain, add spaghetti sauce and simmer. Remove pasta from oven.  Cut into squares and top with meat sauce.

*I used half the amount of cheese called for, still amazing and cheesy

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Breads, Yeast Breads

Cheesy Herb Loaf

Cheese and bread, what could be better.

2 cups warm water (about 110°)
1 pkt (2¼ tsp) active dry yeast
2 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl oil
4½ cups flour
2 tsp seasoning salt
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp oregano

In large bowl of mixer, pour warm water, sprinkle yeast, then sprinkle sugar over yeast.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Add oil, flour and seasoning salt, knead.  Turn into greased bowl and let rise one hour.  Roll out dough on floured surface to 9″x14″ rectangle.  In a bowl, toss together cheese, onion powder, basil, garlic salt, and oregano.  Spread cheese mixture evenly over bread dough.  Roll up and pinch seam and ends.  Put in sprayed large loaf pan.  Let rise 30 minutes.  Bake in 375° oven for 35 minutes.

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