Potato And Rosemary Focaccia

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 1 kg strong bread flour
  • 1 x 7 g sachet of dried yeast
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
FOR THE TOPPING:
  • Olive oil
  • A handful of Jersey Royal potatoes
  • 3-4 purple potatoes
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary , leaves picked
  • 1 bulb of garlic

Focaccia With Pesto & Mozzarella

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus some for dusting
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action yeast
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 125g ball mozzarella, drained
  • 5 tbsp pesto
  • Sea salt, to serve (optional)

Directions

  1. Put the flour into a bowl and mix in the salt. Mix the yeast into 325ml tepid water. Add the water and oil to the flour, then mix well with a plastic scraper or your hands. When most of the liquid is incorporated, use your hands to bring all the ingredients together into a ball of dough.
  2. Tip the dough out onto a worktop lightly dusted with flour and work it by pulling and stretching for at least 10 mins. Try to get as much air into it as possible. Put the ball of worked dough into a well-oiled bowl, cover with a little more oil and a tea towel or cling film. Leave to rest for 1 hr or so in a non-draughty warm spot, until doubled in size.
  3. Now stretch the dough out onto a baking sheet until it’s about 20 x 30cm. Leave the dough to rise again to about half as high again, about 30-40 mins in a warm draught-free place, loosely covered with a tea towel.
  4. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. When the dough has risen, press your fingers into it gently to make some holes. Bake for about 15 mins, then remove from the oven. Tear over the mozzarella, then bake for another 5-10 mins until golden and cooked through. Drizzle over the pesto and scatter with sea salt, if you like. Serve straight away.

New Potato & Rosemary Focaccia

Ingredients

  • 250g new potatoes(we used Jersey Royals)
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 8 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for kneading and dusting
  • Small pack rosemary

Directions

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15 mins, then drain and leave to cool completely. Meanwhile, boil the kettle.
  2. Pour 175ml boiling water and 100ml cold water into a large bowl. Sprinkle over the yeast, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp olive oil. Mix well, then stir in the flour, adding a splash more water if the mixture feels too dry.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a clean work surface and knead for 15 mins until smooth and elastic (dust the surface with a little flour if the dough is sticky), then shape into a ball. Grease the inside of a large bowl with olive oil, then add the dough to the bowl and turn a few times to coat in the oil. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 1 hr or until doubled in size.
  4. Grease a large roasting tin (about 26cm x 35cm) with olive oil and dust with a little flour. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Carefully stretch out the dough to fit the tin, pressing it into the corners. Cut the cooked potatoes into wedges and tuck them into the dough at regular intervals, along with sprigs of rosemary, and scatter a few sprigs over the top. Cover the tin with cling film and leave to prove for another 45 mins. Remove the cling film, pour over 3 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle over a little salt. Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins or until the bread is golden and the potatoes are browning lightly.
  5. When the bread is cooked, remove it from the oven and quickly drizzle over another 3 tbsp olive oil while it’s still hot. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then turn out onto a board, slice and serve.

Caramelised Onion Focaccia

Ingredients

  • 250g ’00’ flour
  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 10g fine sea salt
  • 3 tbsp good-quality olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Knob of butter
  • 3 large red onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Mix the flours with the yeast and salt, add 1 tbsp oil, then pour in 320ml lukewarm water and mix well. You want a very soft dough – don’t worry if it looks a little wet, this will make a lighter focaccia. Knead for 5 mins if using a stand mixer, or 10 mins by hand, using a dough scraper if you have one and lightly oiling your hands and the surface. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise until it has doubled in size.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large frying pan with the remaining oil, add the onions and a pinch of salt, and cook gently for 20 mins or until very soft. Pour in the vinegar and cook for a further 10 mins until sticky. Set aside to cool.
  3. Oil an A4-sized roasting tin, scrape in the dough and reshape in the tin (see tip, below), gently pushing the dough into the corners. Scatter over the onions, cover with a piece of lightly oiled cling film and leave until puffed up.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Using your fingers, lightly dimple the dough all over, drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 30 mins until golden brown. Can be made the day before and stored in an airtight container.

Potato & Turmeric Focaccia

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp fresh yeast, or ½ tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g organic strong white flour
    For the topping
  • 3 medium waxy potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 rosemary sprig, leaves picked and chopped, to serve

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in 350ml cold water and add the oil. Add the flour and 1 tsp salt and mix thoroughly with your hands to make a dough. Cover and leave in the fridge or a cool place overnight.
  2. The next day, turn your dough out onto an oiled tray approx 30cm x 20cm. Using your fingertips, gently stretch the dough into a rectangle, then fold it in half. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and repeat the process. Leave to rest for 30 mins. Repeat this stretching, folding and resting process twice more.
  3. Heat oven to 24OC/220C fan/gas 9. Gently stretch the dough to fill your tray. If it shrinks back, don’t force it – rest for 10 more mins, then try again.
  4. Spread the potato slices over the dough, overlapping. Mix the olive oil with the turmeric and brush over, then sprinkle with sea salt and bake on the top shelf of the oven for 25-30 mins. When cooked, drizzle with a little more olive oil and scatter over the rosemary.