Saturday lunch in my house today was Focaccia, although it turned out to much more like a pizza….lol…..I couldn’t decide on my toppings so just put it all in. Was absolutely delicious. (although note to self…….less toppings next time!)
I decided to try it using my crisper tray and it didn’t fail me, results were amazing in just 15 mins.
400g White bread flour
300ml warm milk
1 sachet 7g yeast
1 tsp of dried Italian herbs (or you can use a mix of garlic, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper)
1 tbsp olive oil
Toppings of your choice………I used Mixed Piccolo tomatoes (halved), sliced roasted peppers, sauteed red onion, black olives, fresh basil leaves.
Salt & pepper to season
Mix the yeast with the warm milk and leave for about 10 mins until it starts to froth.
Mix the Flour, salt & herbs in a large mixing bowl
Pour the milk into the flour and mix well. Knead dough for about 10 mins by hand or using a mixer for a few minutes until blended together into a dough.
Let dough rise for about 1 hour. Use rising setting on Hotpoint oven.
Preheat crisper plate for 2 minutes on Dynamic Crisp setting.
Once dough has risen, place directly onto crisper plate and spread it out evenly to cover crisper plate.
Place your toppings into the dough evenly and drizzle with a little oil
Cook on dynamic crisp setting for 15 mins. (Or oven at 220deg for 20 mins)
Inspired by a post I seen on KitchenAid London’s Facebook and having recently invested in my own KitchenAid Stand Mixer it was a must that I had to bake. I adjusted some of the ingredients to my liking. For me it was a little bit too crispy on top but my partner loved it. Practise makes perfect as they say…..watch this space.
Makes 1 loaf
1 packet of 7g dried active yeast
200ml lukewarm water
pinch of sugar
400g strong white bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
50ml olive oil
1 tbsp honey
1/2 bunch of basil – finely chopped
1-12 Cherry tomatoes (of your choice) I used piccolo and sunblush
1 tbsp Tomato puree
Sea Salt flakes to garnish
Empty the yeast into the lukewarm water with the pinch of sugar and leave for about 10 minutes until foamy.
Stir in the olive oil to the yeast
Mix the flour and salt in a bowl, gradually add in the yeast mixture and tomato puree, using the dough hook, knead until a soft dough. Speed 1 for about 5 minutes.
Select proving on your oven (if you have one), if not, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1.5 hours.
Knock back the dough and knead on speed 1 mixing in the basil for about 2 mins.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface about 1.5-2cm thick
Place on a greased baking sheet on a tray and make 12 indentations with a damp fingertip, push your cherry tomatoes into each hole, prove again for about 30 mins.
Preheat your oven to 200deg, drizzle a little oil over bread and garnish with sea salt. Bake in the oven for about 25 mins or until bread sounds hollow on bottom.
I served with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil dip, but it is also really nice on its own.