Taking to baking bread at home thanks to Covid19 social distancing? This Focaccia in a day is a great one to try!
This delicious Focaccia has fast become a weekly staple at our dinner table. It’s salty and chewy and endlessly satisfying!
I was inspired to try some new bread baking after pouring through this fabulous book: Home Baking, the Artful Mix of Flour and Tradition from Around the World. I picked it up for a few dollars when our local library was selling off books over the holidays. Thumbing through the many recipes and savouring the stories of bread-makers around the world became a nightly ritual for a week or so!
Then came Superbowl Sunday. We were hosting some friends and I needed something to serve with chili. What a perfect chance to do some baking! Obviously I was making a game day (pardon the pun) decision, so I did’t have time to try my hand at one of the slow rise, ‘bread baking as daily cadence’ recipes form the book.
Instead I decided to mess with some classic Focaccia recipes and hope it would turn out OK despite significantly cutting back on suggested time to rest in the fridge.
I’ve now tested this four times. Each time I tried different lengths of time in the fridge (I haven’t experimented with anything else because we’re pretty stoked about the flavour as is!). My conclusion is that if you have a full day to let it rest, by all means do so. But even 2-3 hours is good enough. My attempt at not bothering with the fridge at all was our least favourite of the four.
It’s such a simple recipe. If you are organized you can even pull it off on a weekday! It doesn’t take very long to mix up and then you let it rise in a little puddle of oil until it doubles, covered with a bees wax wrap (I love the adorable ones made locally by The Lady of Shallots). If you start right away in the morning, you can probably get it into the fridge before you leave in the morning (assuming you’re morning routine is 1.5 hours like ours is). Then you can remove from the fridge, proof and bake in time for dinner. If you are in a rush, you can cool in the fridge once baked. Note: it is important to resist the temptation of slicing while warm!
So here you go, the perfect side for your next warming bowl of soup (like my kids’ favourite broccoli soup) or stew!