Sunday, March 6, 2011
Blueberry & Goat Cheese Focaccia with Honey
Things that children do that we no longer partake of.
1. Right now I keep reminding Indigo to eat her hamburger, not just to dip and lick the tomato sauce off of it. How gross it that? I, Jennifer can be counted on to be much more civilized when it comes to hamburger consumption. Unless of course I am at one of those restaurants that make the burger 8.5 inches tall, come on man! I like a bite of each ingredient, don’t like to eat my burger in layers thank you very much.
2. Singing, have you ever been in a supermarket and heard a kid singing at the top of their lungs? Perhaps it was the ABC”S, Twinkle Twinkle, Itsy Bitsy Spider? Well that was not us. Mine was singing at the top of her lungs about the sweet subject of poop today.
You will never catch me singing about that subject, I have progressed you see. 33 years of living teaches you one thing, people will think you’re crazy if you sing about poop, and know how to drive already.
3. Right now there is about a 1 inch layer of ketchup around Indy’s mouth. Right now there is napkin on the table. You see, Indigo has no idea of this thick layer of muck on her face…she would actually never notice unless you point it out to her, the napkin is in no danger. See girlfriend just does not mind it, she is on her 4th apple juice of the day and well…she’s darn happy, layer of ketchup or not.
Now…that might be something I need to learn from her -
*Please note the dough must rise overnight.
This Focaccia recipe is delightfully borrowed from Anna’s Table
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons light virgin oil
2-3 Tablespoons honey
The Topping (add your desired quanitity)
Zest of one lemon
In a mixing bowl add the flour, the yeast and the salt. Using your hands or a wooden spoon, blend the dry ingredients.
Pour in 1 1/2 cup of water, 3 tablespoons of light virgin oil, and mix. Pull together the dough using your hands or a wooden spoon. Scrape any excess flour from the bottom and sides of the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well incorporated and form into a ball. The dough will have a stringy texture. Cover and place in a warm draft free are to rise overnight, at least 12 hours and up to 24.
Transfer the dough to a greased and floured 12 " pizza tray. Dust the dough lightly with flour, and with your hands spread out to the edges of your pizza pan, forming a disk. Drizzle with oil & honey and season with salt.
Next add on the blueberries, goat cheese, and zest. Set aside and let dough rise again for 2 hours.
When ready. Bake your focaccia at 500 for 20 minutes. Since we are baking with honey, you might get a little smoke if it slides off the bread.
I served each slice with a tablespoon of honey and a smile.