It’s been an incredible month for us! When we started our virtual kitchen at the end of March, we didn’t expect we’d get so many visitors, comments, or feedback, or that it would happen as fast. We’re awed. We embarked on our little project, because we love cooking and taking pretty pictures of our pathetic attempts. The response we enjoyed has been humbling. We are determined to keep cooking and mostly failing at it, and to entertain you with geekiness and delicious recipes. Expect some changes as well. We’ll be posting more frequently, we’ll be giving video a try, and we’ll start publishing some of our failures! We also plan being more active on social media! Stay tuned
On to today’s recipe! We wanted to mark our first month’s success somehow (we would have marked our one-month anniversary regardless, actually, this way it’s just sweeter), so we toasted, err…in a way. We baked a champagne bread! Yep, we sacrificed good quality bubbly for a bread! It’s a simple and easy recipe and there’s practically no way to muck it up, provided you follow the instructions. It’s also a good occasion to reminisce on our baking experiments. I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of bread baking, so we’ll definitely be doing bread posts in the future. We haven’t even started recording our spectacular failures at sourdough starters cultivation—we hope to entertain you with them very soon! For now we’re sticking with easy, throw-it-together-in-two-minutes, no-knead breads. Like this one.
The flavours burst out of this loaf of goodness—it’s got herbs and olives, lots of freshly ground pepper and, of course, the bubbly! Now, although the bread’s technically called ‘champagne’ bread, you can use sparkling wine produced in any region of the world Whether cava, prosecco, sparkling wine, crémant, or sekt, you can do no wrong. Just make sure you’ve got enough for drinking while you cook—champagne IS the best accompaniment to cooking 😉
After you sift the flour, just add all the dry ingredients, and the honey. Mix well, and then add the sparkler. The dough will be more batter-like, but that’s okay, it’s supposed to look like that. After you mix well, pour in a cake tin, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and stick it in the oven. You’re done! It takes about an hour to bake—use this time to indulge in the rest of your bubbly! It’s what we did…
Thanks for an awesome first month! We hope to see you around here again
- 400g flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp fresh or dried herbs (parsley, basil, rosemary,thyme)
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tbsp minced green olives
- 2 tbsp minced red pepper
- 1 tsp honey
- 400ml champagne or soda water
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- Sift the flour together with the baking powder and salt.
- Add all the other ingredients except the sunflower seeds.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/390°F.
- Grease a cake tin and pour the bread batter in. Add the sunflower seeds on top.
- Bake for 10 min at 200°C/390°F. Then turn the oven down to 170°C/340°F and bake another 50-60 min, until a cake tester comes out clean.