Today I experimented with my own recipe for the bread machine. I followed the basics for white bread (using 1-1/2 cups of water), but added 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp oregano, 2 Tbsp basil, 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup bacon crumbles. I will call this one "Italian Pig Bread."
At first I thought maybe I'd added too much garlic. As soon as it started mixing, you could smell the garlic from the machine. When it baked, it made the entire room smell like pizza. But upon taste test, it's actually really nice. It does smell like pizza, and I would like to try this recipe again in the summer and add some diced tomatoes from our garden in the mix to give it a bit more of a pizza flavor (and maybe make the bread turn tomato red). I also think perhaps it could use more cheese and bacon. But the smell... Oh goodness, it smells so good!
This may be a new family favorite! I want to make it again and share with my parents and my brother to see what they think. #2 is not impressed with it, but he's the only one who didn't care for it, and he couldn't tell me why he didn't like it. Perhaps he wasn't in the mood for pizza scented Italian bread. Perhaps he's not a fan of garlic. He seemed upset that I used store-bought basil instead of our home-grown purple basil that we dehydrated last fall. Perhaps next round I'll make it with our organic basil.
Upon closer inspection, it looks like we have two harlequins (one regular, one black), three broken tricolors (one just has almost no black), and one red (I thought it could be a torte, but it's looking more solid red now - we'll have to wait and see). They're all well fed and warm, so Penelope is doing a great job, as usual. I took some of them out of the box to peek at them today. They're cute little popcorn babies. I do love baby bunnies.
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