Thursday, 12 December 2013

Grape and Fig Focaccia


This is a sweet and savoury combination that works surprisingly well. There is the sweet from the grapes and the figs and then you add lots of chopped fresh rosemary and big flakes of sea salt and the beautiful olive oil to make a delicious focaccia.

You will need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of red seedless grapes (sliced in half)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 4 1/4 cups of flour (bread flour or all purpose flour)
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1 tbsp cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3 tbsp course sugar 
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  •  1 tbsp large flaked sea salt (like Maldon)


Step 1: wash and slice grapes in half and pour good extra virgin olive oil over them, Mix and set aside.


Step 2: add yeast to warm water leave 5 minutes


Step 3: add 3 cups of flour to start, then add the last 1 1/4 cups. (clean off paddle and cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1-2 hours until doubled)


Step 4: chop figs and add cointreau, let soak while bread rises.


After the first rise


Step 5: add dough back to machine and add dough hook. Add figs, honey and salt. Mix well. 



Step 6: place olive oil in pan and add dough in a large pan 10x13 or even a bit larger. Flip to coat both sides in oil. Make sure your pan is a good non-stick pan or it will stick. Let rise 30 minutes.



Step 7: add grapes and extra oil they were soaking in to bread, add loads of rosemary and lots of flaked sea salt. It can take more than you expect!! Push grapes down and let rise another 30-45 minutes. 



Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until browned. Remove from pan right away.
















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