Sunday, November 11, 2007

Focaccia

The last 2 weeks or so have been pretty tiring. Son#1 had a fever that turned into a cold. When he passed it to Son#2, it became croup, which resulted in breathing trouble and a late night trip to the emergency room. Now Son#3 has become a coughing, hacking fountain of liquid boogers who feels miserable and lets us know by crying all the time. So, last night Vegan Mom and I shoved some pasta in their mouths for dinner, put them to bed, and sat down for a meal together. Actually, it was the same pasta, but I added in this focaccia.


INGREDIENTS
- 3 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 5 cups white bread flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp dried sage
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced

METHOD
1. Whisk yeast into the water in a large bowl until dissolved. Mix in the olive oil. Sift in flour and salt, add sage, and stir into a rough dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface, or in a counter top mixer, for 10 mins, until smooth.
2. Let rise for 1.5 hours in a large oiled bowl, covered. Punch down dough and knead for a few mins. Divide in two equal pieces. Shape into balls, then press into 2 non-stick, or lightly oiled, 10 inch pans. (The dough will spring back a bit when you do this. Just let it sit for a few mins, then push it again to the edges. It will stay there eventually, just be patient)
3. Cover both pans and let rise for 30 mins. Uncover, and poke dimples into the dough with your fingertips (Ooohh, a wise guy guy, eh? Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!) Cover again and let rise until doubled in bulk.
4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. When focaccia are ready to bake, brush 2 tbsp of oil over each loaf and sprinkle half the garlic over evenly. Bake for 25-30 mins, or until loaves are golden. Serve warm.

We then ended the night with a movie and the Banana Split Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, topped with melty chocolate ganache and walnuts, and flanked by scoops of So Good Vanilla ice cream (which we usually never buy on account of it being a total rip off). Hey, we deserve it.

7 comments:

Veg-a-Nut said...

Your bread looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you and Vegan mom enjoyed the movie and some time alone. Hope the kids are better soon!

Anna Banana said...

I found your site from ppk and just added you to my blogroll. I'm hoping to become a better vegan cook and appreciate the help and inspiration.
http://momwhats4dinner.blogspot.com/

VeggieGirl said...

Aww, I do hope that your children get well soon - being ill is certainly no fun :0( On the bright side, it looks like you and Vegan Mom had a lovely dinner (that focaccia is calling my name! yum!) and dessert; and yes, you guys definitely DO deserve the ice 'cream' :0)

yikes, how did I miss so many of your wonderful food posts?!?!! for the record, all of the previous posts that I've missed (especially the falafel with homemade pitas - mmm, mmm, mmm!!) look absolutely scrumptious!

Vegan Dad said...

Anna,

Thanks for stopping by the blog, and for all those nice things you said about me on your blog. You made my weekend!

Veg-a-nut,

The bread is heavenly--that golden sheen is from all the oil! I suppose one could cut down on the oil, if one were so inclined . . . .

Veggie Girl,

So many visitors to Vegan Dad are coming from your blog--thanks! As I write, Son#3's fever is 102--looks like Tylenol for him and another serving of dessert for me and Vegan Mom!

Lynn / vigilant20 said...

Oooo I love Focaccia, but I have to admit I haven't attempted to make any yet. I've bookmarked this so maybe I'll gather up the courage to give it a try.

Cravin' Veggies said...

Loving your weekend posts! Hope your children feel better soon (and hope it misses you and Vegan Mom!!)

I think the sandwich will be my lunch tomorrow.

Vegan Dad said...

Lynn,

It is totally worth the time, and pretty easy to make. Best of luck!