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Nov062011

Paul Hollywoods Focaccia

If you have been glued to the Great British bake off as I have, you will have seen Paul Hollywood's focaccia made. I love bread, especially Italian bread and when I've made it before, it's been the typical dough you would make for most bread. According to Mr Hollywood, this is not how an authentic focaccia is made, so I decided to take the challenge.
The photo really doesn't do justice to this fantastic recipe. It took three tries to make it, mainly because I didn't realise I had the wrong type of yeast! It is a very messy and sticky dough due to the large amount of water added and takes a bit of practice and any sort of scraper to help handle this difficult dough!

Once you have mastered it though you will make it again and again. It is a perfect bread for accompanying a meal or even to have on its own, with maybe a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in. I'm now going to try adding olives and sun dried tomatoes to add other flavour dimensions but it is still amazing with simply salt and rosemary as I've added to mine.

The recipe can be found here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/focaccia_08389

The Great British Bake Off book is excellent too so here it is if you fancy an early Christmas present!

Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets (Great British Bake Off TV Tie)

Good luck!

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Reader Comments (4)

I tried this recipe a few weeks back too. By far the best focaccia recipe I have found. Took me right back to the focaccias we ate in Tuscany thos summer.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

It didn't last long! Ate the whole lot in about 10 minutes. I love Italy, we went to Lake Garda for our honeymoon last year and didn't want to leave! Thanks for your post 😄

November 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterSarah

good foccia bread recipe, but you should try Mario batali's recipe for foccia bread in "Molto italiano" its definitely worth trying too. if you do want to try it its on page 43 in the book and its always fun to use the bread to make pizza with.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiernan PaulinRae

Thanks I'll have a look for that.

April 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterSarah

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