Sunday, February 11, 2007

See you round like a...

Yep, Rissoles for tea! I know, boring. Actually they were pretty tasty with a dash of Soy and Worcestershire Sauce and my secret ingredient (okay, it's grated cheese!) and the kids wolfed them down so I can't complain too much. However, I did make some seriously good bread to go with dinner. When I used to make bread it always turned out stodgy. It was too dense and very heavy, so we never really enjoyed the end results very much. I was told that the humidity up here would make breadmaking difficult but the two loaves I have made so far have turned out great. This one had heaps of flavour without being overpowering and was lovely and light and fluffy. It was delicious warm and just as good cold for sandwiches.

Italian Herb Bread
Adapted slightly from The Bread Machine Book
by Marjie Lambert

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, pressed
3 teaspoons dried mixed Italian Herbs (eg, basil, oregano, thyme, etc)
180ml water
90ml milk
1½ teaspoons sugar
1½ teaspoons salt
500g bread flour
2¼ teaspoons yeast

Heat oil in a small frying pan. Add the garlic and herbs. Saute for 2 minutes, taking care not to let the garlic scorch or it will turn bitter. If necessary, remove the pan from the stove. The herbs will continue cooking in the oil's heat.

Put the herb oil and the remaining ingredients in the bread tin in order suggested by your bread machine instructions. Set for dough. Press start

Butter a 24cm loaf tin.

Remove dough from bread machine and punch down. Let it rest 5 minutes. Put dough into prepared tin. Loosely cover and put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.

Bake the loaf in a preheated oven at 180˚C for 30-35 minutes. When cooked it will sound hollow on the bottom.


kitchen hand said...

Yum. Rissoles take me back to childhood. I loved them and still do. The cheese idea is good - I must try it.

Red dirt mummy said...

The cheese is really good, Kitchen Hand. I cook the onion before I add it and usually add a grated carrot, some chopped ham and some herbs like parsely, thyme, rosemary, etc (fresh or dried, whatever I have), along with egg and breadcrumbs of course. It all makes them a bit more interesting for the grown-ups and the kids don't turn up their noses at them either.

JenTX said...

I've never heard of Risseroles. What all do you put in them?

Sounds a little like what my mom made and we called them Salmon patties. She'd take canned salmon, add an egg, chopped onion and maybe some cracker crumbs then shape it into patties and cook in a skillet until browned on both sides. I haven't had one of those in years. I don't think I've ever made them so I must not have loved them that much! LOL

Your bread looks so yummy. I can almost smell it all the way here!

Red dirt mummy said...

LOL, Jen. I tend to think they are terribley English and that's why we make them here in Australia. They are basically hamburger patties, made a bit yummier, without the bun. Minced (ground) beef, egg, breadcrumbs and whatever else you want to add - I add grated carrot, sometimes grated zucchini, cooked diced onion, some herbs and, as you read, a bit of cheese for extra flavor. I wouldn't call them a gourmet meal!!

JenTX said...

Hmmmmm, they sound pretty good. In fact, they sound a lot like our meatloaf except shaped into patties. I think it sounds like a wonderful meal. Although if I cook anything, my DH thinks it's gourmet! LOL