I was taken by Linda Collister's recipe for stuffed focaccia...it had a spinach, chilli and anchovy filling. However I had none of the stuffings...but was inspired by this idea. It is rather like a stuffed pizza or calzone...here is my take on the focaccia, and it is really open to so many other interpretations regarding the filling.
For the dough:
7g dried yeast, left to melt in a jug of 300g warm water.
It nestled in the bowl of 500g strong bread flour helping to warm up the flour too. I took a few tablespoon of the flour and added it to the water to feed the yeast. Then I draped over a tea towel over the top, and went away for a little while.
One of the things I did was roast all the little peppers which I had bought on Wednesday from one the veg stalls together with some rosemary and loads of garlic. I love to have a few roasted pieces of garlic which I then add to things like Hummus, rather than raw garlic.
Before kneading the above, I added 3 tablespoons olive oil, a few leaves of chopped purple sage, 2 teaspoons salt and a good few twists of the pepper grinder. The mixture needs to be quite soft and supple, so you may need to add a little more water, I did!
After it is well puffed up, after about an hour and a half. I divided the dough into four, as I was making two stuffed focaccias. I just stretched a piece into an oblong straight onto the parchment lined baking tray.
This one has torn leaves from the swiss chard which I have been growing for the first time this year...stems were kept back for another dish, roasted peppers olives, thyme and rosemary. The second one had big spoonfuls of soft goat's cheese as well.
After the covers went on, they were left to prove for about 40 minutes, then brushed with oil from the roasted peppers and sprinkled with maldon salt crystals. 25 minutes at fan 210 C left us with two lovely baked focaccias. Nicely browned on the bottom too..no soggy bottoms wanted.
Last Saturday when Mr S and I sauntered into town and walked round Wells Market, I spied some Somerset Grown Garlic, but did not get it. Today I asked again, is this really garlic grown in Somerset? Yes it definitely is. I shall find out exactly which farm it is from. Having googled it I find that there are several garlic growers in the county. This lovely bunch of 9 huge heads of garlic cost £10..here it is with a small head from the supermarket as contrast.