November’s Third Thursday November 17, 2011Posted by Toy Lady in baking, random stuff, Third Thursday.
Welcome to November’s Third Thursday – November!
If I were a good blogger, I’d be blogging about Thanksgiving sides, or maybe even how to roast a turkey.
Though honestly? If you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’ve probably already got your menu set, and if you’re not, you don’t care, right?
However, maybe you’re a guest at a family dinner, and you want to bring something non-intrusive, but still welcome.
Or perhaps you have an actual food assignment. (Or am I the only one who gets those?)
My food assignment is usually “rolls” and it’s often “rolls and . . . ” where “. . . ” could be pie, or it could be some vegetable – but it usually includes bread of some sort.
Every year about this time, I like to pay special attention to the King Arthur Flour Blog – I read it regularly, but they really do shine when it comes to breads and rolls and that sort of thing, don’t they?
And we really need nice breads and rolls around the holidays.
Or, you know, when your mother-in-law is coming to town and you need something nice to go with vegetable soup.
So it just happened that one day King Arthur featured their Butterflake Herb Loaf -a delightfully rich potato bread (I used 1/4 cup of instant potato flakes to the dough – how easy is that?) filled with an herby filling.
The original recipe used a butter-herb filling, but there were alternate versions – including pesto and even a maple sugar-butter filling.
I had a container of pesto in the fridge, and I thought the basil-y pesto would be excellent with vegetable soup.
It was truly a beautiful dough to work with – rich and cooperative – it was a happy dough that rolled out nicely and worked and played well with others.
So I rolled the dough out and used round cutters to cut it into a dozen 3-and-a-half inch circles.
I spread HALF of each circle with about a teaspoon or so of pesto, then folded each into a little half-moon shape, and layered them into a sprayed loaf pan.
And yeah, sure, it may not look too impressive before it’s baked – after all, it’s raw dough pesto sandwiches.
Let those babies rise a bit, bake them, and the next thing you know, you have pre-sliced, pre-seasoned, pull-apart bread.
Bread, I might add, that goes mighty nicely with any vegetable soup you’d care to try.
Also – and I’m just sharing my experience here – I couldn’t help noticing that over the course of the next couple of nights, it appeared that the Boy put a pretty good hurt on what bread was leftover.
Probably because it was THAT GOOD.
Definitely check out the King Arthur Blog if you ever like to do anything remotely baking-like. Those people know their stuff.
If you’d like to play along, leave a comment with a link to (or a description of) your Third Thursday project – tell us what you’re up to! For loose (really loose!) guidelines, or if you want to check out some past Thursdays, they’re right here!