Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BB: Rosemary Foccacia Sheet, Page 205.

I have a confession to make..I bought Rose's Bread Bible since 2008 but I have not flipped over a single page! :p  It was in cold storage until now (same with the Pastry Bible!). Glori recently set up a bake through Bread Bible group for Alpha Bakers and now I get to dig it out from deep inside the cupboard and finally read my first recipe. LOL!   

So our first recipe to bake from Bread Bible is page 205, 
Rosemary Foccacia Sheet. 

I have recently cultivated sourdough and had been having fun using them and feeding them. They are my pets now.  Instead of discarding part of the sourdough during feeding, I decided to use it in place of the yeast mentioned in the book. I used 15% of the flour weight and then do the necessary adjustment for flour and water respectively. 

The dough was pretty wet and had to use paddle. Took 20mins to get stuck to the paddle like this. At first I was watching it then I grew tired and bored and walked away to chat with other alpha bakers on FB group. I heard some noises and ran to the kitchen and saw my mixer walking around the counter top on its own! Scary. Thankfully my mixer didn't walk off the counter top!  

After it is transferred to an oiled glass bowl for proofing.  

And I brought my son out - his usual routine - same shopping centre and McDonalds every week.

I came back 3 hrs later, it proofed ..over 3x size! Yikes! 
Also due to weather being very hot & sunny that day too. 

I pour into a sheet pan and tried to push the sides around. I think somehow I only pushed the sides and not the centre..the centre no matter how i try to push it won't budge!  Then I planted rosemary leaves on the bread dough...literally... LOL! (..hahaha... I read wrongly....somehow I remembered the garlic part which was supposed to press it down but ended up pressing the stalks of rosemary leaves down instead cos I forgot about the garlic....LOL!)  After I poured some EVOO onto the top of the dough and into the oven it went.

The foccacia freshly out of the oven. 
Sorry..I couldn't help it..I nibbled on some! 

And I nibbled somemore........

And in the end..I nibbled all the crispy sides!!  
I cannot help it! It was so good fresh out of the oven!
Esp. the sides, so crispy and chewy at the same time.
I couldn't eat dinner that stomach was so bloated with bread & water. 

These were the left over bread in the centre of the dough. 
Fluffier and thicker cos I couldn't seem to push them out.

This is a very delicious bread, fresh out of the oven is heavenly.
I couldn't stop eating it.  The next day the bread remained soft, but however, it turned a bit soggy due to the EVOO.  Still better eaten fresh imo.


Mendy on March 4, 2015 at 9:31 AM said...


Looks great. Where you able to taste enough Rosemary?

Marie Wolf on March 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM said...

It looks beautiful, and I'll bet it tasted even better with the sourdough starter. I love your dainty little nibbles around the edges.

Kimberlie Robert on March 4, 2015 at 10:07 AM said...

Oh Faithy, you make me laugh. Sometimes I wish I could bolt down my mixer because it too walks and talks. And me too, I've had the book since it was published and I never used it. It just seemed so complicated! And about the bread "batter," you could suffocate someone with it! Or at least give yourself a facial. Seriously!

anitsirK on March 4, 2015 at 10:47 AM said...

I like the way you did the rosemary!

Lois Britton on March 4, 2015 at 11:23 AM said...

So neat that you used sour dough. I might give a starter another try!

Vicki on March 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM said...

So nice, Faithy! I like your new pets! It sounds so complicated to keep starter but I want to give it a try. You are right, the crispy edge was the best ever!

Angie Schneider on March 4, 2015 at 1:06 PM said...

There's nothing quite like homemade bread! It looks fantastic, Faithy.

Glori Berkel on March 5, 2015 at 12:16 AM said...

Faith your focaccia is so light and airy looking. I too have a pet, his name is Lionel and I started him from scratch, should have used some of that starter in mine but maybe next time. Thanks for the mention too! This is such a fun group and yes, I ate too much too, had that focaccia bloat for the rest of the evening :)

Jayanthi Sindhiya on March 5, 2015 at 8:33 PM said...

Breads are my fav..This foccacia bread looks superb with beautiful brown crust

Jenn on March 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM said...

Your bread looks perfect Faithy. So smart to use the sourdough starter. I'm glad the mixer didn't fall off the counter!

Patricia Reitz on March 6, 2015 at 1:58 AM said...

Your foccacia looks sooooooo good. I'm so sorry I was out of town this past week and wasn't able to make this one. I did manage to get my hamantaschen post up though. If you get a chance, I'd love it if you stop by to see then.

Patricia @ ButterYum

Michele at The Artful Oven on March 6, 2015 at 9:51 AM said...

Hi Faithy: I love this recipe!! It was so good, I ate way too much! I put a piece of that non-slip rug backing under my mixer and it still walks around the countertop!

Anonymous said...

Faithy, it looks spectacular! I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one to have the bread dough crawling up my kitchen aid paddle. It was like something out of GhostBusters!

What does your son get at McDonalds? My daughter always wants to go for the egg/cheese biscuit or mcmuffin :)


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