what 4 days off can do for you… i spent the long easter weekend in my hometown luzern, that's really so pictureqsque (seee for yourself on instagram). i'm thoroughly knackered after everyting, but also, the soul's batteries have been recharched. ready to rock tuesday tomo!
apart from that, if i had to pick one aliment to eat eternally, it'd be bread. and i mean anything ranging from challah to focaccia to wholemeal to sourdough… bread is my friend, and always welcome in my book. and i mean i love it for what it is and as such. but a foolproof way to improve it even more is to add a good spread. my favorite is curd. and here we have a fantastic duo of nettle bread (we went to pick it ourselves, christine and me) and a wild herb curd. christine captured the mood extremely good, the rustic, dirty, dark appeal of the bread. almost makes me smell it again, hmm.
nettle bread with wild herb curd
for two nettle breads:
600 g flour
1 tsp. salt
10 g fresh yeast
400 ml lukewarm water
1 tsp. sugar
100 ml olive oil
75 g nettle leaves
1 tsp. maldon sea salt
directions for the bread:
combine the flour and salt in a bowl. put the yeast in lukewarm tap water, add the sugar, stir well to dissolve. let sit for about 10 minutes. make a well in the flour, pour in the yeast mix, cover lightly with a bit of flour and let sit again for 10 minutes, until bubbles form. then begin to knead, adding 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. knead the dough either with a mixer or by hand for 10 minutes. put the dough back into the bowl and cover wit cling foil. let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size. in the meantime, clean the nettle and take off only the leaves (discard the stems). oh, wear gloves to do this, by the way. pat dry with kitchen paper. after the dough has risen, knead in the nettle leaves, leaving some to put on top. half the dough into two equal parts and with floured hands shape into balls. preheat the oven to 220 c / 430 f. put the breads on a baking sheet lined with parchment, garnish with the remaining, brush with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle liberally with maldon sea salt. let the breads rise again for 15 minutes. reduce the oven's heat to 180 c / 360 f. bake the breads for 20 to 23 minutes. let cool but serve slightly warm - with the wild herb curd (as follows).
for the wild herb curd:
1 cup curd
1 handful ramps, finely chopped
1 handful lady's smock blooms, finely chopped
1 handful daisies, finely chopped
1 handful lesser celandine, finely chopped
1 handful bedstraw or cleaver, finely chopped
…or whatever wild or conventional herbs you have at hand, really
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
1 tsp. fleur de sel
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
directions for the curd:
combine all the ingredients, season with salt and pepper.
all pictures in this post by christine benz