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To All the Breads I Loved Before = Focaccia...

Xendau

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A fairly simple bread... That I enjoy making because of the boundless things that can be done to it. I love to make it and use it for sandwiches. Last night's Focaccia I topped with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese. (All from the farmers market)

Right out of the mixer:

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One hour fermenting:

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1.5 Hours fermenting:

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The famous "punch" to deflate (lol - no clue why i like this part):

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Laid out on the cookie sheet:

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Toppings added:

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Cooked @ 425 for about 30 minutes:

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First Cut:

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Served up with olive oil and aged pomegranate balsamic:

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Looks great!! Quite a rise you got out of your dough!! I've tried making foccacia once using Peter Reinhart's method. It turned out okay IMO. Friends said it tasted good though. You inspire me to give it another shot. Thanks for sharing.
 

Xendau

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Thank you oldsmokerdude oldsmokerdude !

If you would like, I could give you one or both of the recipes I use. This one came almost directly from an old culinary text book I have from 2009, the other recipe is from a chef I once worked for. You can compare the two to the one you use.

Let me know... X
 

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My wife and I make this quite often in the colder months of the year. One of our favorite meals. Very nice! Definitely earns a point in my book.
 

Xendau

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What my lady did with her portion she took to work today...

Split it in half and placed some of my Jamaican Jerk Beer Can Chix on it... though Im not sure of the flavor profile with the Olive Oil and Balsamic.

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That looks Mighty Tasty, Xendau.

Looks like it would make a Great "Bread Pizza" too!!

Nice Job!
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Oh man does that look good!!!! I love Focaccia and everything that you put on it is right up my alley. Nicely done! Point.
 

Xendau

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That looks Mighty Tasty, Xendau.

Looks like it would make a Great "Bread Pizza" too!!

Nice Job!
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Thanks Bearcarver Bearcarver ! It does make a pretty good pizza dough. Just cut the portion in half and roll it to your desired thickness.

Oh man does that look good!!!! I love Focaccia and everything that you put on it is right up my alley. Nicely done! Point.
Thanks GATOR240 GATOR240 !
 

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I love foccacia, especially with olive oil and balsamic. Your toppings look just great.
Sure hope you post your recipes--lost mine somewhere along the line.
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Wow! Just wow! That would make a awesome base for a pizza. Say with pesto, cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
 

Xendau

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I love foccacia, especially with olive oil and balsamic. Your toppings look just great.
Sure hope you post your recipes--lost mine somewhere along the line.
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GaryHibbert GaryHibbert Thanks! Id be happy to post the recipe. Ill place both here later tonight.

Wow! Just wow! That would make a awesome base for a pizza. Say with pesto, cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Steve H Steve H I have used a homemade walnut pesto, fire roasted red onion, roasted red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes on this before...
 

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We're not much into baking at our house, but my SIL is and hers never ends up looking that good.

Point for sure.

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Your focaccia looks delicious!
We make it all the time too & it is a big favorite around here!
Nicely done!!
Al
 

Xendau

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Sorry for the delay guys! I meant to get these recipes posted no later than Saturday; but, I have been moving into my new place.

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I am sure most (if not, all) of you know this, but ill say it just in case. The order in which the ingredients are listed are how they should go into the bowl (usually).

It easiest to find Active Dry Yeast... so I use that. So please note that comments below are using ADY. You can use Instant Yeast, but I have not used that. Also, The cut the amount of ADY in half compared to Fresh Yeast. .5oz ADY = 1.0oz FY

You will want to go: Water (about 100 - 110 degrees IF using Active Dry Yeast - stir with fork until all yeast is silky/smooth-ish), Active Dry Yeast, Bread Flour (sifted), then the sugar and salt last.

Try to make sure the flour covers all the water with yeast as sugar and salt can have retarding effects on yeast.

I use a Kitchen Aid 600 mixer. Speed 1 for 2 minutes, Speed 2 for 6 minutes. Dough ball should pull away from the wall of bowl easily, if it doesnt, add small amounts of flour until it does.

Oil the dough ball, stainless bowl and sheet pan with olive oil, place dough in stainless bowl and place somewhere warm, but not hot. (About 80-90 degrees) I place mine in the oven after its been barley heated. Cover bowl with warm, wet cloth. Allow dough to double in size, I usually go about 1 - 1.5 hours.

Roll out on sheet pan. I dont use a roller, I only use my hand to stretch/pull dough and pat the dough to desired thickness.

Add whatever toppings you like... Get creative!

NOTE: Steam is essential for the first 10 minutes or so. I take a cookie sheet set it on the oven bottom. After oven reaches temp and bread goes in, throw ice onto the bottom tray close door and wallah!

The following recipe (below) is when I worked as a sous chef for a Kitchen Aid demo kitchen place and was given to me by the chef I worked for. Basically the same, I have only used this one a few time. As I do not have the fancy "steam assist" oven. lol AND the previous recipe has worked fine for me for over 8-9 years.

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Ill take pics of both when I get home later tonight and either post them here or PM you. Either you would prefer.
Did I miss the posting of the recipes some where? Would definitely like to try this. Looks great.

Edit...Lol, you literally posted just as I was.... Thanks
 

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