The thing about travel, whether it be short or long or for fun or work, you can't help but feel out of it. I've been out of town a lot lately so to readjust, I decided to cook dinner for some friends last night. Plus it had the added benefit of seeing and holding two of the newest little ladies to the club! I swear any dinner party with the girls, is instantly more fun when the babies get to come along for some quality bonding time!
Seeing that I didn't have much time to plan the dinner, I quickly glanced through my Bon Appetit emails the day before for recipes that were vegetarian, different and easy. My first choice: spiced pear flatbreads with goat cheese and mustard cream. (The original recipe can be found here.) The picture looked delicious, the directions appeared to be easy and who doesn't love flatbread? Plus, the recipe comes from a local restaurant that has been named one of top ten new restaurants in America. Translation....I knew it would be a winner!
The result was a satisfying and light starter. The flatbread was crisp and thin. The arugula and pears complimented each other well and essentially provided a salad for us before the main meal. And the mustard cream sauce was beyond words delicious, in fact a few of us wanted to drink it straight from the bowl!
- bread flour (2 1/4 cups)
- warm water (1 cup plus 7 tablespoons)
- all purpose flour (3/4 cup)
- whole wheat flour (1/3 cup)
- olive oil (2 tablespoons)
- kosher salt (2 teaspoons)
- honey (1/2 teaspoon)
- quick-rising dry active yeast (1/4 teaspoon)