Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daring Baker Challenge: Lasagne

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 had mixed feelings about this month's challenge. It seemed to be more cooking than baking and I was slightly disappointed at first. But then I started thinking about it. A few months back we made pizza and I was thrilled with that choice. Was it because it involved yeast? Was that what made it more "baking" to me? Wasn't lasagne just as much baking as pizza? Even more than that, I started thinking of why I joined the Daring Bakers' in the first place. It was to expand my horizons and make a recipe every month that I may not have tried.

After all this thinking (which lasted all of a few minutes), I was excited for this challenge. I have made spinach lasagne before and I really enjoyed it. The DB recipe was VERY similar (if not almost identical) to the recipe I made before and I was happy to have a reason to make it again!


The biggest component to this recipe is organization. I made the ragu the day before since it simmers for a couple of hours. I made the pasta the morning that I was going to serve it and it only took me about an hour and a half. Even though the bechamel can be made ahead of time and reheated, I chose to make it right as I was assembling the lasagne since it only takes about 10 minutes.



While it is definately more time consuming to make your own pasta, it is totally worth the effort. I love the taste of homemade pasta and this was no different!

Thank you so much to the hosts this month for picking a fantastic recipe! I had a blast making it! Make sure you check out the DB blogroll, as I'm sure there are beautiful lasagnes floating around today!

19 comments:

Coleen's Recipes said...

WOW, that looks delicious.

Engineer Baker said...

I'm glad you found the silver lining in this one - I know I felt the same way at the start about it not really being *baking*. Your lasagna looks fabulous!

teresa said...

Oh wow, what a fun thing to try! Look delicious!

Maria said...

Great job on the challenge. Homemade pasta is the best!

Ingrid said...

Great job, Cristine! Looks yummy especially the spinach pasta!
~ingrid

Carol Peterman said...

I have been itching to make lasagna and was thinking it would be a good Saturday project; your post seals the deal. Lasagna tomorrow!

pinkstripes said...

Your lasagne looks great! (I still need to assemble and bake mine).

Emily Rose said...

Your lasagna looks beautiful! I couldn't get my pasta cut as perfectly as you did so mine is a bit more "rustic"! haha! It looks very impressive!

The McBride Family said...

I'm glad you decided to go for it anyways since I got to reap the delicious benifits. Thanks for dinner!! YUM!!!

jesse said...

That is amazing. Those pasta sheets look like they've been rolled to the perfect thinness... yummm!

Megan said...

The next time I'm making pasta I am going to invite you over, because you clearly have the method down.

The lasagna looks delicious!

Coco Bean said...

Ohh your lasagna came out great. This was my first challenge and I had a blast, seems like you did too!

Lauren said...

Mmm, your lasagne looks amazing!! Beautiful photos =D!!

Nathan said...

The lasanga looks terrific, you alwyas knock pasta's out of the park and now you're making your own! Phew I am in trouble when I get home :)

J.Danger said...

you are so ambitious! Good job!

Lori said...

Hi Christine. Your pasta is so perfect. Mine was all irregular. Yours are in neat little squares. I too enjoy this dough.

Great job. I know it isnt easy with kids running around.

Priscilla said...

The Green pasta all over blogland is looking so good! what a yummy looking dish!

MaryMary said...

Holy moly--when you spread it out across the table, it looks like we had a very ambitious challenge this month. Great job on yours!

Celeste said...

Your lasagne looks awesome! Great job on this month's challenge! :)

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