The pizza delivery guy comes and there are 4 boxes of pizza and one box with the name focaccia. I went and opened it to see what vegetables he had given. It was two thin crusts of pizza put together as a sandwich. Wait, let me tell you what was the filling between the two. It was pepperoni and on the top was tomatoes and lettuce. I burst out laughing saying it is not focaccia. Long story short, she had to re-order asking for a vegetable pizza without cheese and that was something that I could eat. On the way back, I was thinking of making some. I have made many types of focaccia before and I have posted an easy one here. I wanted to try something different. I had just one Avocado waiting to be used and I used that and the end product was really good. I might use a jelly roll pan next time since the dough was too much for a cast iron pan and it kind of made a crown on the top which was delicious and crunchy by the way.
Here goes the recipe..
- Bread flour - 3 1/2 cups to 3 3/4 cups (Depending on how big Avocado is)
- Avocado - 1 ripe medium size
- Olive oil - 2 TBSP for the dough and more for topping
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Red chilli flakes - 2 tsp
- Cayanne pepper powder - 1 tsp
- Warm Water - 1 cup
- Sugar - 2 TBSP
- Active dry yeast - 2 1/2 tsp
For the topping:
- Olive oil - 1 tsp
- Red Onion - 1 medium sliced thin
- Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1/4 tsp or to taste
- Garlic - 2 pods sliced
- Cilantro - 2 TBSP chopped
I used a breadmachine to make the dough. You can knead the dough by hand and knead it for 10 minutes and let it rise once and the punch down and place it on the prepared pan. I placed all the ingredients mentioned (not the topping ingredients) in the bread machine pan and selected dough cycle. Meanwhile, heat a tsp of olive oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic. Add salt, chilli flakes and cook till they brown. Set aside.
When the bread machine cycle is complete (The dough has doubled in bulk after manual knead), Place it on a greased 12" cast iron skillet. (I made a mistake of using 10" which was small for this much of dough) You can use a 10 X 15 jelly roll pan instead. Spread the dough to cover the pan and dimple the dough with your fingers. Pour the topping as evenly as possible on the dough and cover and let rise for another 30 - 40 minutes in warm place. (I turn the oven to warm and turn it off and place the dough in the oven to rise)
Towards the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 375F. Place a shallow dish or cookie sheet in the bottom most rack. When the oven is preheated, drizzle 1 - 2 TBSP of olive oil on the top of the dough and place it in the oven. Immediately, pour about a cup of hot water into the shallow pan you have placed in the bottom rack. Bake for 20 minutes. Open the oven door and remove the shallow pan with water in it. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F and bake for another 15 minutes or till golden. If the top is getting brown too soon, cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake till it is done and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and transfer to the wire rack to cool completely. It makes a very delicious focaccia.
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Have a good weekend,
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