Tuesday, February 05, 2013

TWD: Foccacia

Finally!  So, hi!  This week's recipe was for foccacia.  It's a lovely dimply bread that you can dress up or down.  It takes quite a while to make, but most of the time is long, cold rising.  

This is a recipe with simple ingredients - flour, water, yeast, salt, and olive oil.  I heard a few groans from mixers and owners of said mixers.  I halved the recipe and I kept my KitchenAid at a nice slow speed, and I didn't have any trouble.  It's also a six quart professional model, so that may have had something to do with it as well.  It rose.  It deflated.  It rose.  It deflated.  It rested in the fridge.  Then it rested on the counter.  I deviated a bit here.  I made one bread instead of two smaller ones.  I dimpled instead of slashed.  And I completely forgot about the whole "spritz with water" thing.  Oops.

I borrowed from a recipe that a friend requested for the topping.  She saw a foccacia with thin Meyer lemon slices and fresh rosemary.  Done and done.  I did a quick sprinkle of coarse salt, and in to the oven it went.

Ta dah!

It ended up a little dark around the edges - I think I left it in a minute or two too long.  Ah well.  Plus, the spritzing might have made for a slightly less crispy crust.

The flavor was lovely, though.  I would highly recommend this combination.  In the end, if I did the right planning, I would make this again.  Go visit Wandering Through if you'd like the recipe.


baker in disguise said...

Oh yours came out beautifully!! Mine was a bit of a flopshow... it all went according to plan and then did not rise in the oven.. :(

smarkies said...

Your topping combination sounds great!
Spritzing water does help soften the crust a little though yours seems to have turned out great.
Thanks for baking along.

Sara said...

Very nice! Rosemary and lemon do go so well together. This one looks absolutely delicious!

Anonymous said...

Love the idea of rosemary and lemon. It looked delicious.

Kathy said...

Very interesting combination of flavors. I would love to try it with the Meyer lemons….sounds delicious and looks very pretty!

Have Apron....Will Bake said...

Oh way, that looks awesome with the lemons! Well done! I didn't spritz either, instead I put a pan of water below the focaccia while it was baking.

loavesandstitches said...

Beautiful. The meyer lemon sounds really good! I also did one big loaf and dimpled. Spray with water? I totally missed that step in the recipe! We liked it ok, but it's not a favorite.

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Anonymous said...

Meyer lemon and rosemary sounds interesting! I over did the water for one of mine, and it was a bit too pale. Oh well!

gfcelebration said...

Love almost anything with lemon, and focaccia with Meyer lemon slices and fresh rosemary sounds delicious. Like you, we also did not use the steam when baking our bread, but mainly for the reason that it has not always worked out so well in the past. Maybe it is something to try in the future?

oven chaos said...

Love the topping - reminds me of summer for whatever reason :) To soften a crust when I make breads, after I take them out the oven, I drizzle them with water and wrap them in cotton towel.

Gracie said...

I just made the Foccacia again tonight and dimpled instead of slashed...much better!

Renee Iseson said...

Love the idea of lemons and rosemary. Sounds delightful! And yours looks great too!

Karen Kerr said...

Meyer lemons! How were they as a topping? Looks beautiful!

Kayte said...

Oh, I love the looks of that combination on your foccacia! The flavors sound so delicious. I really should have made this...you know how I love baking bread. Might have to give it a go and add your toppings soon. Matt should be coming home for a day soon so that would be a great time to make it and expect it to actually get eaten!!

Dawn said...

Looks fantastic Jules! I gotta get myself together to try this one.....I feel bad skipping out this past week! :\

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