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Floydm

Fall baking

Fall is here and my baking reflects it.  Today it was zucchini muffins.  Earlier this week it was a grape focaccia.

My grapes are Concords.  I remembered ZolaBlue's beautiful Concord Grape Focaccia but ended up using a recipe and technique for a Rosemary Grape Focaccia with Sea Salt from Dan Leader's Local Breads.  

As you can imagine, it is more savory than sweet.  Though I used a poolish, the dough was a bit plain and pale, seemingly underfermented.  It improved a bit the next day.  

There are more Concords on my vines, so I may try the sweet version soon.  Or I wonder if it would be good to combine the two and use sugar instead of salt with grapes and rosemary?  Hm....

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varda

it looks delicious.   Could I take whatever recipe for focaccia and throw in grapes and sugar or salt for the proof?    -Varda

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Floydm

I don't see why not.

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Syd

Looks great and, I am sure, tastes delicious, too.  Nice baking!

Best,

Syd

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SylviaH

Perfect for the cooling fall weather!

Sylvia

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Mini Oven

???

or sesame seed paste?   :/   or sesame seeds under the dough?  :)

orange zest and squash with onion rosemary and grapes...  AH!  :)

I know what's missing (I love the colors) Floyd!   Dancing all over the dough with your finger tips before throwing on the grapes!

That's one third the dough fun!  Prancing, poking and plugging!  The 3 p's (rhyme with c's) of Focaccia!    

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Floydm

You know who has been dancing on the grapes?  The neighborhood raccoons.   The grape arbour is right below our bedroom window and we've been woken up many nights this summer by the "plink plink plink" of unripe grapes being dropped on the ground by the raccoons.  The dough dancing fingertips has nothing on the visual of me running outside in my PJs, using the garden hose and a broom to try to try to shoo the little buggers away.

Yeah, that's right, I'm talking about you.  Scram.

-Floyd

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SylviaH

I have to show this to Mike...he does the same with our possums : )  

Isn't that the cutest little guy...pain that they are..but I bet he's considered sort of a family pest..I mean pet!

 

Sylvia

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Floydm

There actually are four of them, a mama and three babies.

They briefly resided under our house.  I flushed them out with the non-lethal technique known as "Prairie Home Companion."  They aren't very big fans of Garrison Keillor, apparently.

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dstroy

And here's the unwelcome sight we get in the evenings: 

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SylviaH

they will be good and fat to get through the cold winter.  Hopefully they will relocate and not into your kitchen cupboards when the door is left open.  Our visiting possums have been here now for a few years.  

 

 

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Mini Oven

I wonder what they don't like...  if they respond to orange peels like dogs and cats or that annual plant that repels them from flower beds, if that was planted around the posts?   Fly paper on the way up?  or dangle fly strips?  With a rock weight on the end so the wind can't blow the strips into the grapes. How do they react to reflective dangling CD's?  Must be something the little cutties don't like or are scared of other than Floyd's PJs.  

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dstroy

Sadly, all the stuff I found online regarding how people manage to get rid of these critters involve some sort of elecrtic fencing around their grape vines. 

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lumos

Though I make focaccia regularly with all sorts of toppings, grape focaccia is something I've always thought of making but for some reason never have. But I've just promised myself I WILL make it this autumn, looking at yours. 

Thank you very much for sharing and, unintentionally, nudging me......oh, and thanks for the cute picture of raccoon, too!  Pity there's no cute picture of you in PJs to go with it. :p

lumos

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wally

One of the things I love about TFL is that you run across creative ideas for breads that you'd never come up with yourself. And so you've done with your grape focaccia.

Very cool and nice bake, Floyd!

Larry

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breadsong

Hello Floyd,
If you tried the sweet version of grape focaccia, I hope you liked it!
Your savory version of this looks delicious. I made the tomato variation a couple of weeks ago, and would add a preferment as you did, if making again.
:^) from breadsong