i have not been a very good blogger lately!
because of the great sourdough starter project (sweetsavory.blogspot.com), my interest in bread has (re-)piqued. i started feeding mine monday night, and it seems to be off to a strong start... i just am so impatient! that's why i made beer bread last night. i used a recipe from, of course, the bread bible. i used guinness, which gave it a great flavor. and it had suuuuuuuuuuch a good crust! i love a good crusty bread. this would be great with farmer's cheese, or with a little bit of good mustard. i've just been eating it plain.
in other news, i recently bought a pasta roller, in anticipation of dinner club (and many delicious meals to come). i've actually already used it several times this week to make crackers. it works like a dream for the frequent cracker-maker... it's almost just as easy rolling crackers by hand, but you can get them a liiiittle bit crispier with the roller. i've been using spelt flour, but recently ran out and switched to whole wheat flour last night.
i don't really have a recipe, but: mix about 1 c flour with 1/3 c water. mix. continue to add water slowly until dough comes together. knead for a few minutes, adding more water or flour if necessary. roll as thin as possible, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with desired toppings. our favorites: dried onion and herbes de provence (not together, but i guess that wouldn't be bad). gently press the toppings into the dough, and bake at 400 until light brown and crispy!
well, that turned into a lengthy post on carbs, didn't it?