Well, it’s that time again…Daring Bakers Challenge time! Here’s the gist of this month’s challenge and the hosts:
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.
I was looking forward to this challenge but also nervous because it included a component I’d never tried before: homemade pasta. As noted on a previous post, my awesome hubby bought me some great pasta making equipment just for this challenge. Thanks babe! I’m really glad he got me that stuff because I probably would’ve had a nervous breakdown if I’d had to make the pasta by hand.
Here’s a pic of the dough:
And here’s the finished pasta drying:
In hindsight, I think my dough was a little too wet, but at least I’ll know better next time. Considering this was my first attempt at making pasta, I didn’t think it went too bad. 🙂
Here’s the first layer of the lasagne during assembly:
And the finished product:
This ordeal was quite a time-consuming process, and I did it over the span of two days. It was a lot of fun though, since I finally made pasta for the first time and made a lasagne different from what I’m used to. I followed the recipes exactly for the pasta and béchamel, but I did some substitutions on the ragu. I used half ground turkey and half turkey sausage to replace all the meat, used all beef broth instead of using red wine, and used one 14.5 ounce can of crushed tomatoes in place of the three plum tomatoes. So how did it taste? Eh, it was good, but I don’t see myself making it again. I also made my usual lasagne along side this as sort of a compare and contrast, and I much preferred it. Guess I like the “Americanized” version better.
I’m gonna totally cop out on posting the recipe….it’s freaking long! Visit Mary’s blog Beans and Caviar (very cool blog BTW) for the recipe in its entirety and also for some cool You Tube videos of the pasta making process.
Thanks to our three hosts for presenting us with a true challenge! To view the creations of other Daring Bakers, visit the Daring Bakers Blogroll. Also visit the new home of the Daring Bakers and Cooks, The Daring Kitchen. Lis and Ivonne did an awesome job on it!