Friday, May 23, 2008

Fontina and Red Pepper Stuffed Garlic Focaccia

Pictures coming soon
Recipe from All New Complete Cooking Light, but can also be found here


object2=">1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
object2=">1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
object2=">3 1/4 cups bread flour, divided
object2=">1 whole garlic head
object2=">1 1/2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil, divided
object2=">1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
object2="> Cooking spray
object2=">1 teaspoon cornmeal
object2=">1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
object2=">3/4 cup chopped bottled roasted red bell peppers
object2=">1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fontina cheese


Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 cup flour to yeast mixture, stirring well to combine. Cover and let stand at room temperature 8 hours or overnight to create a sponge (mixture will become very bubbly).

Preheat oven to 350°.

Remove papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate cloves). Wrap in foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes.

Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Place garlic pulp, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl, and mash with a fork until smooth. Stir into sponge.

Add 2 cups flour to the sponge; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press 2 fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

Punch dough down. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide dough in half; roll each half into a 10-inch round.

Place 1 dough round on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Arrange basil over dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border; top with bell peppers. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Top with other dough round; pinch edges to seal. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until dough is doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Uncover dough. Make indentations in top of dough with a knife. Gently brush dough with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until the focaccia is browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.


14 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

This was ok. I felt that there wasn't enough STUFF inside, and BAJ ended up dipping in some homemade marinara sauce, so I guess he felt the same way.

It was a LOT of work as well. I don't mind putting in the work if the rewards are there, but this just wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped.

I learned some lessons though--I've never made bread from scratch before (except using the bread machine). I don't think I've ever kneaded dough, so ya learn something new every day!

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