Sunday, June 22, 2008



A week ago, before completing the cinnamon swirl bread, I definitely wouldn't have attempted making focaccia. It's not only because I'm a little intimidated by the whole bread making process, but it's just something I don't automatically think to make, but to buy. Once again, I chose the recipe from the always reliable Cook's Illustrated. I just love the way they test all the possible variations of ingredients, equipment, methods and baking temperatures so that the final product is the best possible version. The instructions, mixing times and speeds are very specific so that even the unsure or inexperienced baker can follow along. The most interesting ingredient in the recipe was probably the potato, which the authors claim adds moisture, softness and chewiness without density. Since I love testing flavour variations and the recipe made such a large piece of bread, I used rosemary + salt, sundried tomato + salt, rosemary + sundried tomato + salt, and finally parmesan cheese as toppings. Normally, I'm not that generous when it comes to greasing, but to achieve a crunchy crust, oil is a must. I only wish the picture above didn't have that spatula lying at the top and the bottom corners cut, but this was the only non blurry picture!

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Here are 2 closeups I just had to post. It appears that the only pictures with clarity are the ones where I place my camera on the counter!

The end result was everything I could ask for - crunchy outside, soft and moist inside with a slight chew, but not overly chewy (and it wasn't overly greasy either!). This bread tastes great on its own and would probably work well as sandwich bread. I would love to make bagels next, but first I need to find hi gluten flour. After all that shaking and hopping of my KA around the counter, I should probably let it rest. It kills me when I have to baby my mixer for fear of the motor burning out or the gears stripping.

The recipe can be found here. Note, it only took 14 minutes in my oven and after 5 minutes at 425, the sundried tomatoes were starting to burn so I had to turn it down to 400. Unfortunately all ovens are different so be sure to keep an eye on it, especially since its baking at 425!


  1. I LOVE focaccia!! I must commend you for baking this - I'm sooo intimidated by baking breads that require yeast and all that, so you're an inspiration!! :0)

    Thank you for your kinds words on my blog.

  2. That focaccia looks nice and light and good!

  3. I also think it's adventurous for you to bake this. I like how golden it is... and the sundried tomatoes are a nice touch.

  4. Your focaccia looks incredibly good. The golden crust turned out perfect, and I love the quadrants! What a great idea to get four different flavors from one recipe.

  5. steph you did a fantastic job with this bread,i've been putting off making it and seeing yours makes wanna make it soon. the picture is great! thanks for stoping by and saying hello.

  6. the focaccia looks GREAT....the smell of bread baking is wonderful. :)
    Love the blog...

  7. Yum - I love focaccia but have never attempted to make it myself before. Perhaps I should give it a try!

  8. I think your pictures are good. The bread turned out well. It looks almost airy. Great job!
    I've had sun dried tomatoes burn before, too. I don't know if it makes a difference, because 425 IS really hot, but I like to soak them in how water for awhile. Then they don't burn so much.

  9. The focaccia looks awesome! I'm going to keep your blog marked. I'm in the process of getting over my fear of baking. Great blog by the way!



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