by Sandra Simmons
adapted from Ellise Peace's Cowgirl Chef (my favorite cookbook!)
Susan's Bread Challenge made me think immediately of this recipe from the Cowgirl Chef. You can follow the link to the recipe or you can go get your Cowgirl Chef cookbook. I love the cookbook because I've decided to go crazy and cook every single recipe in the book and with every page I turn I've added flour or batter or olive oil or something to the page! Will this book attract ants? Who cares! It's a GREAT BOOK!
I thought about using the food processor for the dough but I'd already used it once that day to grate the block of cheddar. So I figured I'd just try it by hand since no pastry cutter's required. I'm glad I did because it came together, no problem! (I did wear my disposable gloves from Costco. You're either a glove wearer or you're not, I can't explain it further.)
I really, really love putting a tablecloth on the kitchen island. When I'm done, I shake it outside (feed the birds), and toss it in the washer (laundry is my favorite - way better than cleaning counters).
The recipe called for adding cheddar, fresh rosemary and Kalamata olives but I had some leftover mushroom tapenade and I used it instead. (I can't stand Kalamatas!!!!! What is wrong with me?!!!!)
I was supposed to roll this out in the shape a football. I think this was fine, don't you?
Look! I had the rolling pin out, all ready to...roll.
But since I was supposed to roll the dough right on the pan, I used this handy roller because it fits inside my rimmed baking sheets and the giant roller doesn't. I got this one from a Pampered Chef party when we lived in Flower Mound from our neighbor who was a PC rep. LOOK! They still sell them!
Yes, the disposable gloves have permanent residence in the kitchen - right in the drawer with the wraps and ziplocs and toothpicks. Where do you store your toothpicks? They really don't have a perfect place in the kitchen, do they?
Right out of the oven!!!! Smells amazing!
I baked 1/4 of the dough. The rest is going in the freezer (sans mushroom tapenade). I'm thinking up what other things I might add to these the next time I make them. Which could possibly occur before the dough even freezes.
P.S. I made the rest of that dough! Yes, I did! And I added NOTHING to it. No Kalamata olives and no mushroom tapenade. And it was fantastic! I also baked it a minute or two less, and I liked it better! Try it and tell me what you think!