What a fabulous opportunity I’ve had this week, to try a wonderful new product at Wal-Mart — Ecce Panis Bread. If you love homebaked bread, but just can’t find the time or motivation to tackle baking your own from scratch, or remembering to thaw frozen bread dough, Ecce Panis is a yummy solution.
I had quite a bit of shopping to do, so I sat down and made a quick list, adding this new bread to it. I was anxious to not only see how it would look, but to taste it and see if they really could achieve that homemade flavor in just a handful of minutes in my oven. I wasn’t 100% sure where I would find it in our store. The bread aisle seemed like a logical choice, and yet, I swung by the bakery/deli department first and was happy to find the bread, right away. Next to our deli counter, there are wooden “islands” of baked goods. On the bottom shelf of the island closest to the deli, I found FOUR different varieties of the new Ecce Panis bread. Not wanting to play favorites, and seeing that they were all around $1.88 a loaf, I threw all four into the cart and headed off to get the rest of my groceries. After our experience with it, which I will relate, below, I heartily encourage you to find Ecce Panis breads in your local WalMart, for your own family!
My challenge, with this mission, was to create a delicious spread recipe to use on Ecce Panis breads, so I added several other things to my list as an idea for the spread started swirling in my head — cream cheese, (of course :)), green onions, bell peppers in red, yellow and orange, bacon, cheddar cheese… This definitely seemed to be going in a savory direction and I was envisioning something like the wrap filling I had come up with for our daughter’s graduation party that incorporated cream cheese, my homemade hot pepper jelly, lots of veggies and fresh herbs, cheddar cheese and diced chicken breast. It was really tasty and with some simple modifications, I thought I could transform it into a delicious spread. Ideas were churning as I continued through the grocery aisles. Thank heavens I had taken a list, or I would have had one of everything in the store! As it was, I did succumb to the beautiful selection of fresh berries on display and made it home with a pint of gorgeous blackberries. If you want to see more pictures of my shopping trip (I apologize in advance for the picture quality. When I got to the store I realized the only camera I had with me was on my phone. ), check out my Google+ album.
The Ecce Panis lived up to it’s “freshly baked bread in minutes” label. It is truly delicious; and warm from the oven, you would be hard pressed to know it wasn’t white bread baked in your own kitchen. Our family ate each variety with pleasure and gusto – no shrinking violets in our house, when it comes to homemade bread! We had the french baguettes, sliced on the diagonal for crostinis and the french dinner rolls made great sandwiches for a quick chicken salad lunch. I used the ciabatta and Neo-Tuscan Mini Boule to serve the fabulous Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread that I’m about to share with you.
Okay, so I drove home from WalMart, unpacked my groceries and quickly started my recipe idea’s transition from wrap filling to spread. Epic fail! -lol- It actually tasted great and my son probably ate 2/3 of it in the first hour or so, but it was not as “pretty” as I pictured it and I wanted this to be really special, so….rewind! What else did I have on hand that would make a delicious spread and look as beautiful as it tasted? I’m starting to think that deviation from my grocery list was God-inspired. Blackberries! Well, to say it was a success to change courses, would be an understatement. We loved the color, the flavor and the texture of this delicious spread. It’s only five ingredients and we will make this over and over again, easily substituting whatever fresh berries are in season. Your family will think you’re amazing!
- 2 (8 oz) blocks of cream cheese, softened
- ½ lemon, juice and zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 pint fresh blackberries
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer (or in a large bowl and use a hand mixer) and mix thoroughly, until the ingredients are well blended into a creamy spread. The individual blackberry segments will still be visible in the beautiful purple spread, as will a few small lumps of cream cheese.
- Serve on toast, bread, crostini, bagels, biscuits, or even crackers! Use your imagination and this spread will end up being one of your most requested recipes!
- Refrigerate leftovers, if you're fortunate enough to have any.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #EasterMeals As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.