Monday, July 9, 2012

Rustic Garlic, Romano and Pepper Bread

Thought I would try adding some different flavours to my Homemade Crusty Bread. I love garlic bread, the kind that comes sliced, warm and dripping with butter, so garlic as an ingredient was a must ! Looking in the fridge, I spied some Romano cheese which had no other plans and not enough to do anything else with, so out it came. To add a little 'kick', and keep my husband happy, I took a couple of shakes of his favourite addition to just about everything he pepper flakes !
Ta da !! 
Turned out 'rustic' alright ! Very crisp crust, with a much denser texture than the original bread. But all the flavours were there, and the aroma while baking was heavenly ! The cheese certainly had a role in changing the texture, but that should be expected, and the fact that the dough held up to the added oil content was a testament to the recipe.  
And so to the tasting.....a scrumptious brunch was in order !
I love throwing together impromptu meals with what I have on hand, especially using leftovers. So, I thinly sliced a piece of Sirloin steak which I had cooked the night daughter stayed over at a friend's house and missed dinner, 'snooze you lose' ! I shaved some Sharp Cheddar Cheese, added some fresh green pepper, Artichoke Hearts and thickly sliced, just from the Farmer's Market, beefy, juicy tomatoes. A small piece of cabbage was begging to be transformed into a creamy coleslaw...I had to oblige [recipe to follow]. And so, with some piping hot lemon tea, my husband and I sat down to an explosion of flavours, the bread of-course being the highlight of the meal !
Oh, and the red pepper flakes...I thought I might be biting into little hot pockets, which would not thrill me, but no, to my pleasure the heat dissipated throughout the loaf with just a gentle hint of spice !
So to the original Crusty Bread Recipe I added [approximately] :
 3 tablespoons Grated Romano Cheese
1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/8 teaspoon Garlic Powder

I will certainly be trying more combinations of flavours. I'm sure you all have your own favourites and I would love to hear what they are and how they turn out ! 
Oh the Possibilities !!

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  1. What a rustic and fabulous bread! Isn't homemade the best!

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by Angie !! Bob gave me some great advice a couple of weeks ago when I was 'under construction'. It means a lot to me that you have taken the time to check out my blog and give me encouragement ! This bread recipe is almost foolproof....and the varieties are only as limited as your imagination ! Thanks again so much, Mary xx

  3. Nothing is better than bread fresh out of the oven with a little real butter to spead on it. Can't wait to give this combination a try.

    1. It's the waiting for it to cool down enough to slice that's the killer Joan...haha ! Hope you enjoy it !!