Wood garlic season, or Bärlauch, as it is called here in Austria has started! Nice, big leafs all over the forest to be harvested. I went to pick up some Bärlauch earlier this week, and now I will use this wonderful herb in my cooking’s during the weekend.
Every year when season starts first thing what I want to cook is Bärlauch soup.I also baked some really easy spelt Bärlauch bread, to go with the soup.
There are many recipes to be found for the soup, and all of them are good. I started to experimenting, using potato, as thickening ingredient instead of flour. I found it works nicely in this type of the soup. This is all what you will need to make this soup plus little cream and vegetable stock and spices..
2 tbsp oil for frying
1 onion, chopped
600g potatoes, peeled & diced
1.2l vegetable stock
50g wild garlic leaves, shredded
0,5l cream or milk
wild garlic flowers (optional)
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry on a low heat for 8 minutes, until softened without coloring.Add the potatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.Add the wild garlic leaves, reserving a few shreds for garnishing the soup.Blitz in a blender or food processor until smooth, with flecks of wild garlic leaves. Reheat in the pan,add cream and seasoning to taste.Serve with few shreds of wild garlic and a few wild garlic flowers, if you have them.
Easy spelt bread
5 dl water
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 sachet of dry yeast
4 cup of spelt “oats” (I used mixture above in picture )
1/2 cup oil
6 dl spelt flour
Stir in 42 ° C water salt, sugar, yeast, spelt flakes and oil. Mix well.Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth.Line baking pan with baking paper and pour the batter on top of it. Leave to rise for 30 minutes.Sprinkle oatmeal on the top ,before baking.Cut the risen dough in squares , baste with egg and sprinkle spelt oats on the top.Bake at 225 degrees for 25 minutes or until light brown.
Thia bread recipe is very versatile and so simple to make. Use your own imagination and make the recipe your own way!