Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Herbed Focaccia Bread with Tomatoes and Olives

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Good morning! I hope that your week is off to a great start. After spending a relaxing week with my mom and my niece it has been a little challenging to get back into my routine. Today was especially challenging because it was rainy and gray. Does that make anyone else want to stay in bed and read or is it just me?

Kate Spade Dachshund Plate, Serving Board from Front of the House (similar here), Cobalt Tray vintage, similar here,  condiment bowls, similar napkins.
I like easy meals in the summer and one of my favorites is a salad, bread and cheese, sometimes I add bowls of cornichons, olives and a tray of cheese and meats, and other times I simply put together a caprese salad and add a loaf of bread. I grabbed a bunch of heirloom tomatoes this week at the farmers market and made a beautiful caprese salad to accompany the focaccia bread that I had already baked, it was a refreshing and delicious meal. 



Kate Spade Dachshund Plate, Serving Board from Front of the House (similar here), Cobalt Tray vintage, similar here,  condiment bowls, similar napkins.

Herbed Focaccia with Tomatoes and Olives
Recipe from Oh Sweet Basil

2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup of warm water
11/8 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary(chopped)
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme(chopped)
1 tablespoon sliced olives 
1 diced plum tomatoes
diced red peppers
Maldon flaked sea salt

Directions

In a glass bowl, add the flour and salt mix well. 

In a measuring cup, mix the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for a few minutes then pour into the flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. 
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. 
In an 8" round baking pan, drizzle olive oil and place dough in the center, tucking the ends under. NOTE: I used 4" round pans)
Cover pan(s) with plastic wrap and place in a warm place to rise 2 hours.
Heat oven to 450.
Once the dough has risen, drizzle the dough with additional olive oil and use your fingers to poke holes in the dough randomly, make sure to poke down to the bottom of the dough but to not through it. 
Sprinkle the dough with salt, herbs, sliced olives and tomatoes. 
Place dough in preheated oven and turn down to 425. Then bake for 20-24 minutes or until bread is golden. 
Remove from oven, let cool and enjoy. 


I hope that you have a great day!


6 comments:

  1. Yum, your homemade focaccia looks awesome - I must try making that. I did pick one up at Trader Joe's recently and thought it very good - and loved that it was not huge. I find so many store breads are much too large for two to consume whilst still fresh - mine end up in the freezer, or I cut in half and share with neighbors. I have a batchelor next door with whom I often share food I cook - he in turn, right now, shares his garden veggies - it's fun!

    Actually foggy here this morning after a lot of heavy rain - will dry when the sun returns and then get very hot again all week. Autumn will be welcome, for me anyway!!!!!

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  2. Yum, your homemade focaccia looks awesome - I must try making that. I did pick one up at Trader Joe's recently and thought it very good - and loved that it was not huge. I find so many store breads are much too large for two to consume whilst still fresh - mine end up in the freezer, or I cut in half and share with neighbors. I have a batchelor next door with whom I often share food I cook - he in turn, right now, shares his garden veggies - it's fun!

    Actually foggy here this morning after a lot of heavy rain - will dry when the sun returns and then get very hot again all week. Autumn will be welcome, for me anyway!!!!!

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  3. Oddly enough, I think I feel most invigorated on gray and rainy days.
    Brenda

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  4. Oh I can't wait for full on tomato season...it comes to us in Fl later than in the midwest. We have friends who backpack them in for us from Indiana!

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  5. I love cozying on down in bed on a rainy or overcast day! It's such a wonderful prospect for me and an excuse to slow down - and those are always welcome. I haven't made focaccia for awhile and appreciate the nudge, friend! This will be delicious with the summer tomatoes I have been devouring. I wish you were my neighbor as I just know we are kindred. :)

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