April 14, 2015

Sundried Tomato and Onion Focaccia - a warm bread to please your senses ....

Sunday morning breakfast was a short and sweet affair with Indori Poha .. was ideating thoughts for lunch...

Me : Want to bake something new for baking marathon
Him : (with a weird look) Ummmm…(You know how it is...)
Me : Yes I know you dont like cakes and sweet bakes
Him : (Pointing to the library at home) There are enough and more cookbooks in there to give you inspiration
Me : Yes… but..
Him : Don’t tell me you have read all the recipes in there…
Me : (shrugging)
Elder one enters the scene..
She : Amma, you have been promising me focaccia .. Please make it today.
Him : (With a look that said it all that meant dad and daughter had conspired all along) : yes, that’s a nice idea.


And thus, armed with a fresh batch of bread flour, the onion and sundried tomato focaccia was born. 

Devoured in no time , I have had umpteen requests to make it again, and in a different avatar (with stone ground wholewheat flour).. Either way we love focaccia. End of story. Serve it with Pasta, Soup or snack as it is.. Its delicious and filling too .. any flavouring can be given and fresh / dried herbs do pack in a punch to this lovely bread.Do try out and let me know what flavor of focaccia your family loves.

I followed Pari’s recipe as part of clearing my bookmarks, gave it some Indianised twist and we loved it & the next time I made it I went by instinct and loved it both ways. 

If you are keen to know the difference between focaccia and Pizza, here’s Wiki telling us that “The primary difference between conventional pizza (round, Neapolitan pizza) and focaccia is that pizza dough uses very little leavening (baker’s yeast), resulting in a very thin, flat and flexible crust, while focaccia dough uses more leavening, causing the dough to rise significantly higher. The added leavening firms the crust and gives focaccia the capacity to absorb large amounts of olive oil”





Baking Marathon Day 12 : Onion and Sundried tomato Focaccia
Recipe type : Yeasted Breads
Course: Main course mostly, or even as Snack
Cuisine : Italian
Makes : Medium sized (approx. 450 gms) Focaccia
Spice level – medium to high (adjust to taste)
Prep time: 15 mins | Standing time  : 90 mins +  45 mins | Bake time : 25-30 (varies from oven to oven)

Ingredients:
  • Bread flour – 3 cups
  • Warm water – 1 cup (adjust to flour quality)
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Instant yeast – 1.5 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 TBSP
  • Olive oil – 3 TBSP
  • Onions - 1 small (optional)
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Chopped celery 

For flavouring:
  • Olive oil – 3 TBSP
  • Sun dried tomato – 15 nos
  • Italian dried herbs – 1 TBSP
  • Onion – 1 medium – sliced very thin
  • Optional addons to the flavouring : black and pitted olives, fresh rosemary,
  • Himalayan Pink / kosher salt – to sprinkle


Notes:
a) you can use APF / wholewheat flour instead of bread flour. Oven bake and rise times will vary.
b) Dont bake for beyond 30 mins else the bread will get chewy and rubbery
c) Once made, this can be refrigerated for 2-3 days. if serving thus, cut out a portion, micro for 10-15 seconds as its best served warm.

Method:
  1. In a bowl, sift flour with salt. Proof the yeast with sugar and warm water ( I proof my yeast everytime although I do use Instant). Once done, mix the solution with olive oil and pour into the flour. Add celry, onions, cumin seeds, Knead well for 10 mins. Keep covered in an oiled bowl, and let it rise. It took 90 mins for the first rise.
  2. Once risen, knead it for a couple of minutes more and either flatten out to a lined baking tray (I used my 8*8 borosil glass baking tray), cover and let it rise again for 45 mins. Towards the end of the second rise – (1)  preheat oven to 180 deg C / 375 F. (2) Also soak the sun dried in hot water, covered for 15 mins. (It had risen considerably after the second rise so 1/3 of the dough went towards making some khara buns (spicy buns)
  3. Mix the sliced onions and test of the flavouring ingredients.  Make small dimples and pour the flavouring onions / herbs alogn with the drained and squeezed out tomatoes generously all over the bread, and into the dimples too (My EO helped be at this stage, and she had fun making the dimples and filling them in)
  4. Brush with more olive oil if required. Sprinkle little salt for a yummy flavor.
  5. Bake for 28-30 mins till a lovely golden huge envelopes the bread. (mine was done at 27 mins). Cool on a wire rack and slice when warm. The family was quite impatient once it was done, so they didn’t wait for any accompaniments and devoured them .. Happy faces makes the day, anytime J J



18 comments:

  1. That is one inviting focaccia, genuinely. Loving it.

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  2. Nice focaccia to serve for lunch or dinner. I would not mind this flavorful bread even for breakfast. The picture came very good,

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  3. Interesting conspiracy:)) the focaccia looks good yaar, it's flavors are wonderful and tempting me Kalyani. I must call for some bread flour too.

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  4. Here kids conspire!!!And this is such a lovely bake with yum ingredients. Good one Kalyani...

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  5. The focaccia is looking toooo good!!! wow for the wonderful flavors!!

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  6. Focaccia looks great. Nice to have recipes everyone loves.

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  7. this one looks like the breads from bread talk , you have creacked this recipe

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  8. No more fear of yeast Kalyani! You are rocking now!!

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  9. We love Foccacia in all its avatars! Sun dried tomatoes is a great option!

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  10. This is one such inviting and interesting foccacia...

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  11. Wow love how it looks Kalyani...this is yet another bread that I have been wanting to bake forever!..this surely tempts me no end!

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  12. Wow lots of focaccia recipe. My next try is gonna be this

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  13. I love foccacia for its versatility, your savory one looks very tempting!! :)

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  14. Wow, ultimate focaccia, wish i get some piece of this flavourful focaccia for my dinner.

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  15. That looks like a very flavorful and delicious focaccia.

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  16. Tempting and soft focaccia.

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  17. These sundried bakes sre so tempting!!!

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  18. The crust looks so beautiful. Must have tasted awesome...

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Kalyani

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