Friday, March 27, 2009

Daring Bakers Bake Lasagna?

The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.


This was a difficult assignment for me. Partly because I had to add an egg and some extra water to make a coherant pasta dough. Partly because I have really very little time. A lot because I just don't like a bechamel sauce and we have a lactose intollerance problem. (Yes, I probably could have figured out how to make a bechamel with soy milk, except there's an even bigger soy intollerance problem). And I let more curse words fly in the hand rolling of the dough than I have all year. At one point I was ready to give up and quit the Daring Bakers. But then I decided that the purpose of the Daring Bakers was to stretch myself and that I was being a sissy for lack of a better word.

I also think the person who wrote the recipe didn't have this hungry little helper watching her every move. Otherwise the suggestion of draping the rolled out pasta over the back of chairs would have never been encouraged. I skipped that step. That's why there was some for me and the Brain to eat.

And I didn't use the three meat Country Ragu recipe either. I used this. The busy woman's fairly good pasta sauce.


I had such a rough time making the lasagna that I cooked it and left it on the counter to cool and drove through the Taco Bell drive through for dinner. (To be fair, I was on my way to school.) When I got home the Brain had had a hefty portion. And I decided to have a nibble.


Oh it's good. Really good. I'm not sure if I'll make it again because lasagna is a very rare treat in our house.

Go check out the rest of the Daring Bakers. And make sure you check out the new Daring Kitchen website!

12 comments:

April said...

Great job!!! It looks really, really tasty!

Cakelaw said...

You did a great job Mary. I baulked at this too because it semmed like so much work, but was glad that I did it.

kellypea said...

I'm impressed with all you mentioned that you got this challenge done. Good for you! And we love Classico when we need sauce in a pinch. You're right, this was pretty tasty lasagne.

Sara said...

Looks super yummy!

And I adore your hungry little helper.. the nice thing about those little helpers is that you don't have to worry about picking up any food that happens to hit the floor while you're cooking. :)

the cheap chick said...

Girlfriend, with all you do, we should be making YOU a lasagne!

And you'd better be careful if I ever find myself in your neck of the woods. I might just steal your furry little helper for my own! Who doesn't love a Golden?

glamah16 said...

Well you made a lot. Im shocked you couldnt wait to dig into it. It was good. Not a huge fan of bechamel myself. My lasagane used ricotta and eggs instead.But glad you did this.

Grace said...

mary, that's a delightfully dense slab of lasagna! i'm glad you went on with the challenge, regardless of all the hurdles. :)

Rebecca said...

Good job with the challenge, Mary. I especially like the photo of your little kitchen helper!

BC said...

Well done ... and the pasta sauce from a jar just shows you are a smart woman setting her priorities!

Emily said...

Mmm lasagna. Hey! I use that sauce! It's good. Who needs sauce from scratch, anyway?

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks really good to me!

Cynthia said...

Just look at that perfect slice!