Yesterday was a snow day and schools were closed. I packed up the kids and went to my mom's house for the day. When we got there Tabytha, Hannah and John went out back to play in the snow. Jessi was in the living room playing with toys and Bethany was working on a report for school.
When I called mom in the morning before we left she said she was making spaghetti and homemade meat sauce for dinner
Perfect!!! I wanted to try out an Asiago and Herb bread recipe I got from a friend and it would go great with spaghetti. I've never made bread before so I was a little nervous.
Not because it was a difficult recipe, but because I'm not the best when it comes to baking. Sure, I can cook and my family isn't whithering away to nothing, but when it comes to baking, I'm just not that good. I usually resort to boxed cake mix and canned frosting.
I felt a little more confident making bread for the first time at my mom's house because she's a great cook and has made lots of bread in the past. Whatever questions I might have I knew she'd be able to answer.
We gathered all the ingredients and got started. I grated the cheese and mom chopped the rosemary. All the ingredients went into the mixer bowl. I started the mixer and slowly poured the water and watched as the dough formed in the bowl.
Once it was mixed and kneaded I drizzled olive oil over the dough and mom covered the bowl and set it in the oven to rise. 20 minutes later I took it out, punched it down and divided it into two balls of dough.
Following the last steps of the directions I put the dough into the oven and 40 minutes later the bread came out perfect!!! It looked just like the picture and the house smelled incredible!!! Bethany had taken her dog out for a walk while the bread was in the oven and when she came home the first thing she did when she stepped into the house was take a huge sniff of the air and say how good the bread smelled. If there was a way to send the fragrant aroma of the Asiago Herb bread through the picture I posted on this blog, you'd be drooling over it, too, lol!!!
The bread paired perfectly with mom's spaghetti and homemade meat sauce. We joked about having a little piece of Italy right there at my mom's house. It was a great day of family and good food.