I recently finished cooking my way through Shauna Niequist’s Bread and Wine. Bread and Wine is part cookbook, part memoir, and part religious essays. I have written before about my love for Shauna Niequist’s writing. She is passionate about food, and she writes in a way that makes me feel like I am there with her. She sees food as a portal to human connection. I appreciated that within this book as well. This book is set up with essays about food and recipes to follow where applicable. The book contains 29 recipes and an essay putting each of these recipes in context. Shauna also includes other food related essays as well.
Prior to sharing my favorite recipes from the book, I feel I should share that I am a sweets person, so many of my favorite recipes are sweets based, keep that in mind.
My favorites are as follows, in no particular order:
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates- I was unsure about this recipe when I started. I am not a huge dates fan, but I gave them a shot and really enjoyed them. Warning: they are very rich so a little goes a long way, do no make them as a meal, but an appetizer to be shared with others.
- Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Toffee- I love anything sweet and covered in chocolate. I was nervous because I had not made toffee before, but it was easy and delicious.
- Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin- This recipe was quite simple and I was not sure how it would turn out. My husband and I loved this meal, we enjoyed every bite and her suggestions for how to serve it were also delicious.
- Simplest Dark Chocolate Mousse- Growing up, chocolate mousse was my favorite dessert to order at restaurants. I have to say this one is simple and doesn’t disappoint. The unsweetened whipped cream is a nice balance to the rich chocolate.
- Sullivan Street Bread- If you have read my blog recently, you will know I am on a bread kick. This is a long rise, no knead wet dough. I had made it before, but I still really enjoyed this. I also finally figured out how to use my proofing bowl and the results are gorgeous as you can see below.