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Fig and Pepper Bread

September 28, 2016

I love baking bread. There is  something very satisfying about mixing all the ingredients, kneading them into a smooth dough, and then allowing the bread to slowly fill your house with all sorts of comforting scents. I always have difficulty waiting until fresh bread cools enough to eat. This recipe is no exception. I recommend it warm with some creamy goat cheese, prosciutto and a little honey.

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You will need:

  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 c coarsely chopped figs (I used a package of dried, but fresh figs would be a light and fresh option)

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Allow to proof for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the olive oil, flours, salt and pepper until the dough starts to come away from the sides.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Oil a large bowl, place the dough inside and turn to coat lightly.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, roughly 1 hour.
  6. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Gently knead the figs into the dough, a handful at a time to get an even distribution.
  8. Form the dough into a loaf (roughly 10 inches long by 4 inches wide).
  9. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Slice three lines diagonally into the top.
  11. Allow to rise in a warm place, another 15-30 minutes.
  12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Bake the bread for 45-55 minutes, or until it is lightly golden and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Thyme and Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potato

September 3, 2015

This simple side dish comes has a lot of flavor thanks to lots of herbs and the deliciousness of roasting vegetables in the oven.

You will need:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 0.5-inch slices
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T fresh thyme, de-stemmed
  • 2 T fresh rosemary, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/4 t ground mustard powder
  • 1/4 t salt

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Spread out in a 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  5. Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  6. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. The potatoes should be softened and lightly caramelized.
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Patatas Bravas

April 26, 2015

Patatas Bravas is a common bar snack in Spain. It is a dish that mixes crispy potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce. It’s a great snack or side dish!

You will need:

  • 2 lb red-skinned potatoes, quartered into bite-sized pieces
  • Enough boiling water to cover potatoes
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 – 1/2 t cayenne pepper, as much as you want for spice
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 T grated Parmesan (optional)

Then you will…

  1. Soak the potato pieces in the boiling water for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Drain and dry the potatoes.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons of the olive oil with the salt and garlic powder. Toss the potatoes in this seasoned mix.
  5. Spread the potatoes on a baking sheet with sides and roast 25-30 minutes until cooked through and golden.
  6. Meanwhile heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  7. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet. Cook over medium-low heat until the onions are softened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in the paprika and cayenne.
  9. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  10. Allow to simmer about 15 minutes to slightly reduce. Add additional seasoning to taste.
  11. Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl.
  12. Top with the spicy tomato sauce and the Parmesan (if desired).

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