Monthly Archives: April 2013

Baguettes, for a change

baking with iPadI bake a lot, and trust that most baking sins can be forgiven if the taste is good (a dusting of icing sugar also helps). New recipes are much more fun to try; I just need to keep the flour off the iPad…. I usually bake loaves of bread, but thought baguettes might be fun for a change. With thanks for inspiration to The Vicar Died Laughing: Baguette with Poolish  (much more detailed description and original recipe there).

Baking with iPadBAGUETTES
Night before, make the poolish:
250g of strong white flour
3g of dried yeast
300g of water

Next day:
All of the poolish
200g of strong white flour
100g of wholewheat flour
3g of dried yeast
5g of salt

IMGP1122Night before: Mix flour, water and yeast and leave overnight. Next day: add the remaining flour, salt, water and yeast; stir and fold a few times. Leave to rest a couple hours, it should rise nicely. Divide the dough into three pieces, roll out to sausages, then let rise for an hour or so. Slash each baguette on the diagonal and bake at 230c for 15-20 min until golden.

Notes: I added some wholewheat flour, did minimal kneading but folded the dough a few times, and used less salt. Oven preheated to 230C with a pan of water in the bottom of the oven, for steam. These kept well for lunch the next day.

Looking ahead

herbs in windowboxSunday in Rome, church bells ringing and it’s quieter than normal. Lovely sunny day, so we strolled up to the Rome Farmer’s Market in their new Garbatella location to have a look. Nice to see the old market finally in use again. Still many stands not in use, but an interesting selection of cheeses, salumi and other food items (who doesn’t like to browse that?). Definitely worth exploring further. My excuse (not that I need one) was the dismal state of the balcony boxes, and the rapidly increasing temperatures. 25C today: great for drying laundry, but not so good for fragile herbs on a south-facing balcony. I stocked up, and replanted three boxes.

Garbatella view

I also bought some fresh ricotta, to make pasta with peas and ricotta tomorrow.  For recipe, see Rachel eats: Farfalle con piselli e ricottaHer writing makes me hungry, and she even made the pasta from scratch……. Wonderful.

 

Pasta with peas and ricotta

 

UPDATE: it was absolutely delicious! I confess, we used frozen peas, about 200g peas and 200g fresh ricotta, half of mixture blended. then served with extra ricotta on the pasta as Rachel recommended. Just a bit of salt and pepper. Definitely one to make again.