Yesterday, I posted my recipe for Cherry Almond Redemption Cupcakes.
Go read it. I'll wait. :)
And then I did the same thing for the amazing Caprese bread, which captured my mind when I went out to eat with the Husband a few weeks ago. I found a recipe online and messed with it a bit. When I saw that my basil plant is totally and 100% out of control - and, sadly, my tomatoes have all died, I realized I didn't have much longer to make this recipe.
That is a day worth mourning right there, the day you dig up your tomato plants. I do love fresh from the garden tomatoes.
I have all of the sads that there are no more tomatoes to be plucked from my backyard garden.
But I could - and did - have this. I swear to you that, when I made it, my husband and I ate half of the loaf in one face first hot minute.
Bread, Caprese Style
Mix together the following:
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour,1 cup of bread flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 1/4 tsp of salt.
Add the following into that mixture, and mix briefly but thoroughly - you don't want any flour pockets. (don't ask me how I know this, but they taste disgusting.Ok? Just don't ask me. It's better for us both if we pretend it never happened.)
I ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed. (I actually did some cubes and some strips and I'd really recommend that - it gave a great difference in the bread that was fun.)
2 handsful of fresh basil - I pulled a bunch off of the plant and rough chopped it.
1/2 jar sun-dried-tomatoes - drain the oil off and rough chop
3 T. oil drained from the sundried tomatoes
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups buttermilk - I ended up using about 1 1/2, but keep an eye on the consistency of the dough as you are mixing. Start with a lesser amount and add more if needed.
Mix and pour into a greased loaf pan. This bread doesn't rise much, so fill it about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
This bread was delicious warm out of the oven, but when I thin sliced it, spread it with Tomato Jam and topped it with bacon and spinach - it was damned near orgasmic.