Thursday, November 17, 2011

Olive and Rosemary Focaccia


My first focaccia. I got this recipe from a chinese baking book, 手工面包the same book that i got  to make my Chocolate Cherry Bread. All breads in this book are actually handmade, no machine used but as usual knowing myself, i prefer to delegate all these hand work to the machine..one word..lazy. I havent eaten a focaccia before..they are sold here but just that i havent tasted them before. My focaccia looks alright to me..afterall it's still a bread..ha! the crumbs ok, maybe the surface a little pale but overall still good to me. Perhaps the next time i should put a little more rosemary onto the holes instead. Actually there are a few versions of focaccia i would like to make but as at now..just this first.





Recipe
Ingredients:
hi protein flour 300gm
salt 5 gm
instant yeast 4 gm
caster sugar 1/2 tbsp
warm water 200ml
olive oil 1 tbsp
some pitted olives and fresh rosemary

Here's how i did using my machine:
1. Combine flour  and salt in a mixing bowl.
2. In another small bowl, combine yeast, sugar and water, stir them together and pour into the flour and salt mixture. On the machine and put in that 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let it knead for about 10-15 minutes on medium speed until you get a fairly smooth dough. Remove from machine, shape them into a big  ball and let it proof in lightly greased bowl until double its size.
3.After proofing, remove from bowl, lightly pat the dough into a square shape and shape them into round again ( by folding the square into 3 parts vertically , turn 90C and fold into 3 parts again and shape them into round) . Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
4. Flatten each dough with a rolling pin, with a thickness of 1 cm and transfer the dough into a lined baking tin for 2nd proof until almost 1.5 or double its size.
5. Using your finger, poke holes all over the dough and top them with pitted black olives . Brush the dough all over with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh rosemary. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 15 minutes .

I'm sharing this with the Have the Cake  with their bread challenge for this month.

43 comments:

  1. Yummy!! Foccacia is my fav! *wiping saliva off my computer screen*

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  2. Never eaten this before, don't mind trying if there is chance. hahaha! It looks yummy.

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  3. Your focaccia looks soft and spongy! I love focaccia, especially with rosemary and the addition of olive sounds delicious. Looks wonderful!

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  4. WOW! Pretty shots! Your foccia look so perfect. Wish I can try some :)

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  5. Hi Lena,
    Your bread looks soft, I think one day I should try. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love your focaccia. They look soft and light. This will be good dipping into some thick creamy soup :)

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  7. definitely looks soft and fluffy! did it develop a crisp crust on the exterior? that would have been superb!

    makes me wanna do foccacia again! you know what, i think i should! LOL

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  8. I love the smell of fresh rosemary in olive oil... I have a pot in my mini-garden in the balcony and it's easy to pluck and add to whatever I'm cooking.

    I don't usually use olives though cos Devil doesn't like them, alas! :(

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  9. the Focaccia looks so pretty with the olives and rosemary inserted into the holes! dipping the Focaccia into soup also taste yummy too!

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  10. I love foccasia bread! Looks wonderful.

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  11. looks so delicious...can i have a cup of tea with this, thanks! haha...

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  12. Your mini version focaccia looks really yummy. Errr....actually looks like pita bread to me. hehe.... Love the colour of the crust too.
    Thanks for sharing it. Hope you're having a lovely evening.
    Kristy

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  13. olive, rosemary and some balsamic vinegar.. yumm

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  14. Oh, Lena, I wish I just live next door to you. My girls will love you to bits. I can make soup and you can make bread and we will be 2 happy families...haha Your bread look perfect. Just look at that texture. I would have eaten that for breakfast, lunch and dinner...mmm. Your house must have smelled so good when you were baking them.

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  15. You've done very well for a first try. Looks like from a bakery..i love focacia especially with turkey ham filling..yumz..

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  16. Yummy! I used to love baking focaccia because I can poke holes on the dough, hehe.

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  17. So neat.. how do those taste like, i wonder... :)

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  18. looks really professional. great job lena :)

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  19. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesNovember 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    I've never eaten this before. Yours is good, looks soft!

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  20. Dropping by again to say I'm still very much looking forward to your kimchi fried rice post, hehe. :D

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  21. I love focaccia, I always buy them at my local bread store.

    I let my friends know about the Michael Jackson drink. That's the first time that I heard of it, haha. Have a good week!

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  22. Lovely crumb, looks like you can't go wrong with your baking, first time and you got such wonderful looking focaccia!

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  23. It's a beautiful bread, and I love that you use a machine to make the dough...that's what I would do. I'm trying it.

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  24. this looks so delicious - love the flavors - it may be your first but it looks incredible - would like to sink my teeth into these!
    Mary x

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  25. Hi Lena, your well taken pics never fail to capture my attention! Not to mention your very creative baking.
    Holy Smoke! These looks really fantastic!
    Never seen before too.
    Bet they go well with iced coffee.
    Love the beautiful texture! And that light brown colours....a torture for anyone on diet.
    Have fun,
    Lee.

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  26. Focaccia, new word for me :D

    I regard anything yummy, fluffy as bread (general name). And I bet this must be smelling good with rosemary.

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  27. Your foccacia looks great, I won't know that it's your first time if you didn't say. 

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  28. I LOVE foccacia. After copying Alan's foccacia many months ago, I have not made it again. See yours makes me want to bake it tomorrow.

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  29. I love your foccacia look amazing!!!! gloria

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  30. Whoa! This is your first focaccia!? Beautiful focaccia bread. I enjoy good bread all the time and making bread at home is my goal one day... I hope my first attempt will be successful like yours (highly doubt it. =P)

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  31. dip focaccia with olive oil, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, simply delicious!

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  32. This focaccia looks fantastic! I love the combination of olives and rosemary, I usually buy this combo too in my local bakery but with the addition of cheese. Great job, Lena :)!!

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  33. Just made a large pot of soup for dinner....so could you lend me one focaccia? They look so tempting!

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  34. hi, thank you for taking your valuable time dropping by here. I 'm quite happy with these foccacia..the next time i would like to make a different version one.

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  35. You creation is always lovely to see(I reckon your photographic is really amazing too) and look delicious to eat. This focaccia looks easy to make and nice to eat(especially sandwich with salami).

    Gonna giv it a try without the machine.:) Thx for sharing!

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  36. Absolutely delicious!I love your focaccia!!!xxx

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  37. Heavenly Lena, simply gorgeous! I think there are lots of foccia recipes in your future. I'm still trying to get a handle on any kind of bread! Someday...

    Thanks for sharing your bread with us...

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  38. like seriously, those pictures are top notch- they should be on the front of food and wine mag or something. Incredible and irresistible focaccia. It looks dreamy and delicious with the flavor of the olives!

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  39. I am not so much into olives but the thought of rosemary is already making the focaccia smell so good!

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  40. wow ! lena, they sure look fantastic...
    tempting to my tastebuds :)
    great photos

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  41. aprreciate all of you coming by to drop your comments.

    @ alan: no, i didnt the crispy topping. It shld be, is it? next time i shall try to get that with another version. Thanks!

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  42. wow, these look perfect! I'll definitely try these out. :)

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