Day 14 BM #51 -
Foccacia is one bread which doesn't fail to impress my family. I have baked this version many times and each time it elicits smiles from my family.
So this time I added mashed potatoes to the dough and saw HUGE smiles on their faces and the bread was gone in a flash!
When I was kneading the dough, I felt that the dough was soft and silky and felt very nice to knead. I was wondering how I would bake and eat this wonderful dough? It so happened that I couldn't attend to the dough for 4 hours and by then the dough was ready to spill out of the mixing bowl. And so I skipped the second rise and went ahead and baked it. The resultant texture was unbelievable!!
Recipe Source here
Bread Flour 3 cups
Potatoes 3 big [Divided use]
Thyme 1 tsp [I used Dried Thyme]
Salt 2 tsp
Olive Oil 2-3 tsp
Cheese, shredded 1/2 cup or more as needed (I used Cheddar where as the original recipe called for Parmesan)
Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp
Warm Water 1 1/4 cups
Sugar 1 tsp
Method Of Preparation -
Boil 2 big potatoes until they are tender. Peel them and mash very fine. Set aside until it cools down a little.
Meanwhile proof the yeast in half a cup of warm water and sugar and set aside in a warm place.
In a mixing bowl or a stand mixer bowl, add the flour, mashed potato, knead the mashed potato into the flour.
Then add the yeast water, salt and thyme. Keep adding water and knead until a soft and sticky dough is formed (about 7-8 minutes).
Oil the dough and cover the bowl in a cling wrap and set aside in a warm place for rising.
After the dough is doubled, pat into a 10 inch circle 1/2 inch thick, cover and set aside for about 30-40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
Peel the remaining potato, and using a mandoline slicer or a knife, make thin slices of potato and arrange them as a topping on the 10 inch circle dough. Sprinkle cheese uniformly on top.
Bake in the center rack for about 35 minutes or until the cheese turns a shade of golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing.
Enjoy it with a bowl of soup or just marinara sauce.
Preparation Time 20 min + 2 hours resting time + 35 min Baking time
Makes 8 wedges