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Monday, July 30, 2012

Bake Your Own Focaccia: Why go out?

Homemade focaccia topped with black salt & rosemary

Simple tomato salad with olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper

King Arthur's Italian-Style Flour

Focaccia is a flat bread found throughout Italy. I have fond memories of stopping at a bakery in Florence for a black-olive dotted focaccia. 

For this homemade bread, I followed the “light-as-air focaccia” recipe on the back of the bag (which is similar to this “no-fuss” recipe, minus the cheese) King Arthur’s Italian-Style flour is low in protein, which means the recipe needs less water. I topped the bread with dried rosemary and black salt.

The recipe was easy to follow and particularly quick. After the bread cooled, I dipped it in a simple tomato salad: tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. And that’s really all a girl needs for a day of poetry writing and editing

Full Disclosure: I received the flour for review from King Arthur Flour (thank you!); I was not compensated for this post. All opinions here are entirely my own.


Bill Iverson said...

Do you bake your focaccia on a pizza stone/ceramic, or on something else? What do your think of the King Arthur Italian flour for pizza?

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

I baked it in a glass pan with a pizza stone on the bottom of the stove to help keep the heat high. I haven't tried the flour for pizza yet. Have you? I imagine it would be really delicious.

Bill Iverson said...

Alas, my Giant doesn't yet carry the Italian flour. So I have to decide whether to pony up for the online price. Probably will -- I've always wanted to be able to twirl my pizza dough overhead, and this sounds like it will give me dough with the right elasticity.

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

I've had luck finding a lot of these kinds of products at the "Social" Safeway in Georgetown, Whole Foods or the Italian Store in Arlington.