Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recipe Time: Mushroom-Parmesan Quick Bread

My boyfriend had a potluck at work, and I was woefully unprepared for it.  I decided to whip up a quick bread (a batter as opposed to a kneaded yeast bread) because I had the ingredients, they come together quickly, and it was really late when I woke up from my nap.  Ha!

It turned out really well.  You could add some nutmeg or thyme or another herb (chives would be nice as well).  Swiss cheese would also be good here, but I used what I had on hand.

Mushroom-Parmesan Quick Bread

·         2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
·         2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon fine salt
·         1/4 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
·         1 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
·         1 1/4 cups mushrooms, finely diced (I used a large portobello cap)
·         1 medium only, finely diced (about a cup or a little over)
·         2 large eggs
·         1 ¼ cups buttermilk
·         4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted, plus more for coating the pan
·         2 tablespoons butter or olive oil for mushrooms and onions

·         Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside.

·         Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Gently cook onions and mushrooms until tender, about 8 minutes.

·         In one bowl, mix together dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pepper.  Add Parmesan.

·         In another bowl or large measuring cup, combine milk (if using regular milk, use about ¾ cup), eggs, and butter.  Whisk until smooth.

·         Add the wet ingredients to the dry.  Stir in mushroom and onion mixture.  Do not overmix.

·         Using a spatula, scrap the batter into the loaf pan. Smooth out the top.  Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

·         Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

There was a teensy little piece left over from the potluck.  All in all, I think it was a success.  It had a great mushroom flavor, and the Parmesan really stood out, too.  Delicious!

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