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First attempt at Focaccia

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jeffers

First attempt at Focaccia

Well a double first for me today pasta and Focaccia.  Here's a pic of the latter (completely forgot to take one of the pasta)..

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disneymagic

At Epcot in FL there is a pavilion, The Land. They serve a sandwich served on Focaccia. It is DELICIOUS and this bread looks just like theirs. Good job!

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curefan221

Yes, at Sunshine Seasons!  You did a great job!

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jeffers

Thanks for the kind comments it's very encouraging.

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mminasian

Looks like a great attempt.  I went through a few different foccacia recipes before learning how to make it at a local bread cooking class.  One of the main tips from that session was basically to make the dough as wet as possible.  What that meant was that I only added flour until the dough was holding together.  This mixed with the large amounts of yeast helped give it the nice big bubbles.

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jeffers

Thanks mmin

I'm finding wetter doughs for a lot of the breads I make seem to produce a lighter, chewier crumb.  The tip about using a lot of yeast for the Focaccia sounds interesting - I shall try it.  My wife has just bought a Kenwood Chef mixer so kneading wet dough has become a whole lot easier (and cleaner).

 

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mminasian

No problem.  Here is the recipe I have used with much success:

 

With the one caveat as discussed before, I don't end up using nearly all of the flour called for.  Add a little at a time.  If memory serves, I've used as little as 4-5c before.  Also, if the top isn't browning to your liking, I give it a quick buzz under the broiler for a minute before taking it out.

Here is a picture of one of my efforts (I also add carmelized onions).  For some reason I forgot to take a picture of the crumb :(

 

 

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jeffers

Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely recipe.  I shall definitely be trying it out.