Bake Off 2019: How to make a focaccia for bread week


Week three of the Nice British Bake Off and it’s bread week.

Sure, count on flour-covered aprons, the primary pictures of the proving drawer and many jokes and kneading some love.

Following on from some recipes for cake week and biscuit week, this week, we’re bringing you a information to creating focaccia.

The consultants at Patisserie Valerie have put this information collectively to ensure you get scrumptious Italian bread.

Grasp baker Mario explains: ‘Breadmaking matches completely with cosy Autumnal days at residence.

‘The rhythm of baking bread, the gentle rising of the dough and the firm folds of kneading, the tactile and repetitive nature of bread making, the patience of it, gives it a mindful quality. Making a fresh loaf to enjoy at the weekend is the perfect way to detach and unwind after a busy week.’

Bread making is less complicated than most individuals count on but it surely does take just a little little bit of time.

Mario says this olive-scented focaccia is the right bread to start out with – and better of all, it makes two beneficiant loaves. 

Focaccia substances

  • 1 kg sturdy white flour
  • 50g sugar
  • 30g salt
  • 600ml milk
  • 40g yeast
  • 100ml olive oil
  • Olives, garlic, oregano or onion to style

Focaccia technique

Put the flour, sugar, olive oil and yeast into a big bowl, add the butter and milk and blend properly to make a sticky dough. Don’t add salt earlier than dough is blended as it might harm the proving course of.

Add the salt and blend once more. 

Cowl the bowl with cling movie and depart to rise till doubled in dimension. It will usually take round an hour, relying on the temperature of the room. 

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Flour the work floor generously, then end up the dough and knead calmly. Knead in among the flour from the work floor, including just a little extra if the dough stays sticky. 

The dough ought to come away from the work floor cleanly, however nonetheless be fairly moist.

Divide into even chunks and roll into palm-size balls (round 150g) then place properly spaced aside onto a tray lined with baking paper.

Push the balls right down to make mini pizza type breads, round as thick as your thumb. Don’t worry about even thickness. They may rise and the lumps are a part of focaccia’s allure. 

Prime with olives, rosemary, oregano or a grind or coarse salt. 

With a floured finger, push a number of small wells into the dough, then push olives into the dough. Scatter liberally with salt flakes, or prime with rosemary and oregano.

Bake at 190 levels for round 20 minutes until pale gold, crisp on prime and springy inside. Drizzle with a final tablespoon or two of olive oil then permit to settle.

Whereas nonetheless heat, free the bread from the pan with a palette knife, then lower or tear into items.

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