Sunday, March 29, 2009

Daring Bakers March Challenge - Lasagna

After much procrastination, my lasagna is finished. I waited until the last minute to complete this month's challenge again. Most likely because I was
daunted - making homemade pasta is not something I do regularly. But I was game and I wanted to try. First off, I made the spinach pasta. I ended up
using 4 eggs in the recipe provided to get, what I thought, was the right consistency. Looking back now I realize it was too soft. As it rested, I made the bechamel and meat sauces - two things I can do.

When the time came to roll the pasta, I used the pasta roller attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer. It was so much fun and effortless to use!
Feeding the pasta dough through was really nifty to see even though every sheet I got had holes in it. Now that I'm over the anxiety of trying to make my own pasta, I will definitely give it another go.

Once the sheets were rolled, I assembled it all and put it in the oven to bake. When it came time to eat it, I had mostly positive reviews. I only had two issues with the pasta that were my own fault. In some places, the pasta was too thick where it was overlapping and in some places it was too thin and sort of disintegrated into the final dish. However, overall I am pleased with the results as it tasted fantastic!

I would like to thank Harbinger for sending me the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer Gourmet Pasta Kit. It came at the perfect time for this Daring Bakers challenge. This amazing kit came with a pasta roller, fettuccine cutter, pasta server and spoon, cleaning brush and two boxes of Ecco La Pasta pasta flour, one egg and one spinach. The roller worked beautifully and the instructions were very easy to follow.

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.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your lasagne look delicious and beautiful!



Sara said...

Mmmmmmm, looks delicious! Great photos. :)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Yes, your lasagne does look really good.
I made mine, the hard way, by hand! :)

Lauren said...

Mmm, beautiful job on your lasagne, it looks wonderful =D!!

adli said...

wow! yours look wonderful!. I think most of us have holes in the pasta eh? but the one in the video was flawless. I guess that's where experience come in. Still, the end result does look really good!

Sheltie Girl said...

Simply gorgeous lasagne! Wow...I'm salivating here and I've got my own leftovers in the fridge.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Jenny said...

Looks good.