I haven’t baked too much bread lately because of the summer heat. However, I had a craving for some fresh baked bread, so it became the day’s mission to find something that looked good. I knew in the back of my mind that I needed to find a recipe to make for The Secret Recipe Club, so I pulled out my assignment and went bread browsing.
The Secret Recipe Club, if you haven’t heard yet, is a fun cooking and baking club I started in April. It became so popular that it required its own site! Each participant is secretly assigned another participants blog. Then you find something to make or bake and post about. Only you can’t say anything until the posting reveal day, which just happens to be today!
I was assigned to Tangerine’s Kitchen which is run by Rachel out of India. The rest is a bit of a mystery, I couldn’t find too much about her on her blog, but I can certainly tell she loves to cook and bake! After browsing around and selecting several recipes, I actually found this recipe for Cilantro, Scallions and Garlic Bread. The original recipe used only water along with the flour, which is fine, however adding a fat such as oil or melted butter will help to produce a more tender loaf with a nice brown crust. I prefer a softer bread so I definitely opted for an added fat. Also, using milk instead of just water in bread-making adds richness, produces a finer crumb and a softer crust. So in my version I used some milk along with the water and I chose olive oil as my fat as I enjoy the bold flavor it adds to bread. You could easily use melted butter or canola oil instead.
I also chose to use chives and a little rosemary instead of cilantro. I love cilantro but I already had some chives and rosemary, so it seemed a perfect substitution. Rachel’s recipe said to bake until done, so I really didn’t have a time to go off of. In a case like that you’ll want to pull out a thermometer and insert it into the center of the bread. Sources vary on the ideal temperature, but anywhere from 185 – 200 F should yield a delicious loaf. The rosemary and the olive oil, both being bold flavors, resulted in a robust flavor combination that I loved. You could certainly use a milder herb and oil combination such as thyme and canola if you prefer a milder bread.
Scallion Chive Bread with Garlic and Rosemary
adapted from Tangerine’s Kitchen