Monday, May 31, 2010
Cheese and Anise Seed Quick Bread
These are also from Apicius' On Cookery and are described as "bread shaped like dice made with anise seed, cheese and oil." It is a moist bread with a texture similar to banana bread and as I said before is quick and easy to make.
I used an 8x8 pan for this but found the dough to be pretty thick and difficult to spread out, so you could probably use a baking stone of some sort and get a nice crust on the bottom too... I mixed together flour, salt, baking powder, anise seeds and cumin. In another bowl I combined cottage cheese, oil, eggs and honey. I added the dry ingredients to the wet and stirred until they were blended together. As I said, I tried to spread this into an 8x8 pan but it was pretty thick... I baked it until it was golden brown and it should be served warm - much like everything else...
So this was really good too - a good savory bread that would be great with a hearty soup or something. It had a pretty strong flavor but throughout this project I've found that to be the case with most of these ancient dishes. I served this the next day and it was a thick and 'sturdy' bread that was quite tasty.