I’m a girl who likes her routine. I like to have a gym routine, a school routine, an errand routine…you get the idea. Ask Fritz. I love vacation, but after a few days off I start to itch for my routine. I like to eat the food I always have in the house, I like to get a good amount of sleep every night, and I like to blog at least a couple times a week. Take all my routines away from me, and I’ll admit it–I start to get a little anxious and crabby. Just how I am.
So it makes sense that I have a shower routine. I’ve been showering the same way my whole life: jump in shower; wash hair; rinse hair; condition hair; put hair in bun to keep in conditioner; wash body; rinse body; wash face; rinse face; rinse hair; good to go. Makes sense and it’s quick and easy. Total autopilot. So it was super weird today when I finished my whole shower and went to rinse my hair–no conditioner! How did I skip that step? I even went so far as to put my unconditioned hair in a bun! It was such a bizarre feeling to have to stop and figure out what the heck was going on.
Anyway, just thought I’d share. Also, Fritz bought me a dozen no-reason white roses today! Isn’t that just the best kind?
While he was off purchasing greenery, I was busy making some seriously delicious bread. Buttermilk and Asiago cheese in one loaf, anyone?
Buttermilk and Asiago Bread (adapted from Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads, duh)
- 4 1/2 -5 C white all-purpose flour
- 2 pkg dry yeast
- 2 t baking powder
- 2 t salt
- 2 T sugar
- 3/4 C hot water
- 1 1/4 C buttermilk (room temp)
- 4 oz (1 C) shredded Asiago cheese
Grease one large loaf pan or two small ones. I got a box in the mail today from my mom containing two beautiful slightly smaller loaf pans that would have been perfect for this recipe–an hour after I put one large loaf in the oven. Alas.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 C flour, the yeast, salt, baking powder, and sugar until blended.
Stir in the hot water and buttermilk, and beat for three minutes using the flat beater (if not using a mixer, just beat it for a while until smooth and silky).
Add the Asiago cheese.
Start to add in the remaining flour, 1/4 C at a time, until the dough forms a “shaggy mass” (Bernard’s favorite term ever), and the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. It can still stick a bit to the bottom, but shouldn’t feel really sticky to the touch. Knead using the dough hook for eight minutes.
Shape into an oval about the length of the pan, fold in half, pinch the seam tightly shut, tuck the two ends under, and stick in a loaf pan.
This bread only rises once (yay!), so cover with wax paper and set aside for an hour or so until doubled in size. I let this bread rise ridiculously high (so I thought at first), but upon reflection I think it was actually the perfect height–if you are only making one large loaf, it really is large.
Twenty minutes before you are ready to bake the bread, preheat the oven to 425. Bake the bread on a low rack for about 35-40 minutes until a nice deep brown. It should sound hollow when tapped at the bottom. I actually took the bread out a few minutes early and returned it to the oven sans pan, so the bottom crust would brown a bit more.
Let it cool and slice away!
Fritz and I loved this bread–it was 100% torture smelling the cheese and buttermilk baking away. Luckily it has a really short baking time. I couldn’t believe how quickly this loaf came all together.
I was considering making Asiago bagels, but super glad I didn’t since this was so much faster.
My favorite part was the really crunchy top crust. Fritz’s favorite part was the chewy inside–not too heavy, but nice and chewy.
Fritz sliced us enough to make some grilled roast beef sandwiches, with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and pickled green tomatoes. Delish.
By the way, I opened up a jar of those pickled green tomatoes and they are so freakin’ good! I’ve eaten two jars in four days. And that’s with serious restraint. Nice amount of sugar, dill, and not mushy at all!
It does make me miss fall. Which makes me miss summer. And spring. Now that the initial sleeping in snuggles are over, it’s kinda sad we’ve got all the cold snow outside. I want warm weather!!