It's always exciting when the month's Daring Baker challenge is revealed and this month was no exception. Though my great grandparents hailed from Italy and Lawman and I eat our fair share of pasta, I've never made fresh pasta, as in actually made the noodles. Until now...
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. And what a wonderful challenge it was.
Please visit Mary, Melinda or Enza's site for the full recipe and to see their fantastic work.
I really loved making the pasta. I don't have a pasta machine, so I rolled it by hand on my coffe table and it worked out quite well. The whole process of making a lasagne from scratch is a labor of love and definitely requires timing and preparation. There was a pork shoulder sale the week that I decided to make the lasagne so I substituted the butchered pork shoulder for the beef and veal. In terms of timing I first assembled the pasta and set it aside to rest so the gluten could relax and I set about butching the pork shoulder and slow cooking my sauce. By the time I turned my attention back to the pasta it had been a couple of hours and the dough was very workable. I followed the instructions of a fellow DB and cut my round of dough into 8 parts then I rolled each of those sections into "snakes" and then flattened and rolled the snakes out until they were wafer thin. Each one of the snakes made two sheets of lasagne and plenty of fresh pasta scraps for a second meal for two.
All in all, I was very pleased with this recipe and I think I'll make the spinach pasta again, perhaps as fettucine for Easter.
Congratulations to our Daring Baker queens Ivonne and Lis on the launch of their awesome new site The Daring Kitchen and The Daring Cooks. Hats off to both of you ladies! I look forward to many more wonderful challenges.