This smelled heavenly when I was putting it together. I never quite got my ingredients on track per the original recipe, but it did lead me to look at more of the ideas.
At it’s heart, this is a quick bread with “additions” – savory ones. I managed to finally round up some comte cheese (one of my favorites, having been introduced to it by Dorie), assuming that I’d have olives around, and probably some tapenade. Well, I do have olives, but almost only ones with pits. That seemed like an excessive amount of work. So I did scrounge up some green ones, homemade pesto (sans cheese for the vegan portion of my day) and a meyer lemon for the optional zest. I even decided to use some of my pistachio oil in this (including pieces of nuts).
This is easily put together, and the concept is great. I’m a huge believer in quick-breads – of all varieties. Fast, simple and oh-so-yummy (most of the time). The ingredients get prepped. Dry ingredients, whisked together, wet ingredients the same, and the flavoring options get prepped too.
Then it’s a simple process. The wet ingredients added to dry. Just barely incorporated (you can see that it’s lumpy and there are bits of flour still visible), the flavorings added it, and then the whole thing very quickly mixed so that the lumps remain – you don’t need a smooth batter, since what you really want is for the gluten to not really get going. It’s kind of the opposite of yeast breads, where you knead to get the gluten really formed.
This all gets put into a small-ish, prepared bread pan and baked. In this recipe, it starts at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, and then drops to 375 for another 35. I’m not sure exactly why. But that’s the recipe and that’s what I did.
I couldn’t wait until it was cold to try it. Unfortunately, that probably wasn’t the best choice. It smelled so very much better when I was making this, than what it tasted warm. I think the flavors are a little more well-rounded when it’s had a chance to cool. I’ve brought some to work – I’ll see how people like it! I think it would be delicious with a glass of white wine as well, or paired with a salad as suggested. You can see how others fared here.