Sorry for playing the disappearing act too often. I’m still scouting around for my ingredients & equipment. I just managed to select the oven I wanted & guess what??!?? its out of stock.. 😦 So while I wait for everything to fall into place I’m catching up with friends & family. Another couple of days & i’m heading to Mangalore,,!! After about 2 yrs.. & yes I’m damn excited.. being home.. lazing around, going out with mum, the food & all my favourite people around.. :))
Again this is another recipe I managed photographing between all the packing & moving back to India..
Ingredients: (Serves 6-8) Preparation Time: 120 mins
Strong white Bread flour – 350 gms
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Active dry yeast – 1 sachet
Honey – 1/2 tsp
Black pepper – 1/4 tsp freshly ground,
Warm water – 250 ml
Plain Olive oil – 3 tbsp + extra for greasing
Red onion – 1 small, diced
Pimento Olives – 8-10, each cut into 4 discs
Mature Cheddar Cheese – 3-4 tbsp grated
Parsley – 1 tsp freshly chopped
Salt – 1 tsp
Tip: You could mix up the olives, parsley & onions with some salt in a bowl & let the flavours mix.
In a saucepan, mix the olive oil, black pepper & minced garlic. Heat the oil mixture over low heat for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure the garlic does not change colour. Turn off the heat & let the mixture cool. The best part about this focaccia is you infuse olive oil with the flavours you want & you do not need to hunt stores for infused olive oil.
Now in a large bowl, mix the yeast with the honey & water. Stir a couple of times & let it rest for about 5 minutes. Add about 140 gms of flour & the cooled olive oil mixture. Mix about 5-6 times, till the flour is moistened. Let this sit for about 5 minutes. Now add rest of the flour & salt. Mix till the dough comes together. Now knead the dough till its smooth. Oil the bowl & place the dough in the bowl & cover with a warm damp cloth & let the yeast work on the dough for around an hour. Place the dough in a warm area so that this helps it rise better.
Pre-heat your oven to 230 degrees C or 450 degrees F. Use some olive oil to grease a 9 by 13 inch rimmed baking sheet. I used a slightly larger sheet hence my focaccia is a little flatter than usual.
When an hour is up & the dough has risen well, knead it again a couple of times, then transfer it to the greased baking sheet & flatten it out using your hands. Else use a rolling pin. Let it be for another 20 mins so that the dough rises again. Spread a tsp of olive oil over the top using a pastry brush. Press down the strands of red onion evenly on top of the dough. Add the olive discs between the onions.
Doesn’t this look colourful??? I couldn’t help but pop in some olives when slicing them.. 🙂 & the bread is so spongy it was springing back as I was placing the veggies around..
Sprinkle the chopped parsley around & then finally spread the grated cheese around evenly.
I just love how this looks even before its out of the oven.. 🙂
Now bake for 15 – 20 minutes in the centre of the oven or until the top is golden brown.
Since I used a larger pan the dough was spread a little flatter, hence my focaccia was ready in 15 minutes.
The aroma is just brilliant. Makes you all warm & you crave for some creamy soup/pasta to go with it. Once done, let it cool on a cooling rack.
Cut into pieces of the desired size & serve warm. They are yummy as is or they go really well with some Pasta or soup or just as is with some wine.
Note: The bread tastes best when warm & out of the oven. If you plan to save some for later, then it lasts for a couple of days in the refrigerator.
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