I got through jury duty without having to serve. I am happy, but totally out of kilter. The good news is you go on-line and check to see if your number is called to see if you are needed. So you no longer have to physically go to court and sit around. The bad news is you have to check in everyday at noon. Noon, as in the middle of the day. That means you have to get your walk in, get your shower, put your makeup on, fix your hair and be prepared to be at the courthouse within an hour. Or not. This means no big baking or cooking project gets planned before noon, and by afternoon you are kind of over it. So now I am back on tract and I could not decide what to make. Then I remembered I have been on this mission to make bread, the kind that I buy when I go to the International market. I decided to make Easy Focaccia.
The Persian market makes this bread called Barbari. It is so delicious. My Focaccia is not quiet the same, but it is close and really good. I’m pretty sure if you make this everyone will think it is special.
Previously, I talked about getting comfortable with yeast. This is another easy recipe to help you gain confidence. Try to think of it as it being just two cups of flour. If by chance and I don’t think it will happen, but if you do have a failure, you are only out two cups of flour. I think the only way you could mess up is if your yeast is dead. Be sure to check the expiration date so that does not happen. Also, you need to use instant yeast meaning it can be added to the flour and no need to proof it in water. It only requires one rise. I usually like to make bread by hand. I like to feel the texture of the dough. In this case I used my kitchenaid with the dough hook. Then I removed it once thoroughly mixed and hand-kneaded until it came together. I pulled it into a circle and placed it into a oiled skillet. I covered it with a clean cloth and let it rise for about 30 minutes. I took my fingers and poked dimples into the bread, brushed it with butter, sprinkled some sesame seeds and some coarse sea salt and into the oven it went. Mine took 23 minutes at 400°.
I hope you will give this a try and let me know your thoughts.
Somewhere in Southern California someone lucked out and did not have me as his juror. Now back to more baking. I’m thinking something chocolate.
- Focaccia Dough
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, or bread flour
- 1½ teaspoons instant yeast
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup warm water, about 100-110°
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Focaccia Topping
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seed
- A sprinkling of coarse sea salt
- Butter or oil a 10”-12” cast iron skillet; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, whisk together 1½ cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
- Add the water and olive oil.
- When the dough comes together and starts to pull away from the side add in another ¼ cup of flour. Mix until smooth but will still be sticky.
- Sprinkle surface with remaining ¼ cup flour; knead dough until smooth and no longer sticky.
- Shape dough into a round; place in a large cast-iron skillet.
- Cover with a clean towel.
- Place in a warm place for 20 - 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Use your fingertips to poke indentations in dough.
- Brush with half the butter
- Sprinkle with sesame seed and coarse salt.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from oven and brush with remaining butter.
- Cool in pan on a wire rack then slide focaccia out of skillet.
- Cut into squares or sandwich size; serve.
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