My sour dough starter has been a real gem and I have decided to start doing some different breads. Today we shall do a focaccia.
I made a general "almost" wet dough for my focaccia. I took 300 gram of starter, 700 gram of flour and 500 gram of water. Mixed it all up together and proceeded to knead it for 5-10 minutes. I let it proof for about 3-4 hours. As this is a natural yeast it does take more time. After the proofing I took out a piece, enough to fill my tray. I spread it out with my finger tips, trying to avoid breaking the air pockets formed up from proofing.
After the dough is formed in the pan, I took some fresh thyme and butter and decorated the top and the sprinkled a generous amount of rough salt. Then let it proof again and get your oven going. Ideally I would wanted to bake it at a high temp but our gas oven only gets to about 180 degrees (Celsius). In she went !!!
After about 70 minutes this is what came out. The bake time is a bit longer in my oven as it's gas. Generally this would be a 30-45 min bake.
Damn... just look at those bubbles, they might not be perfect as I use a gas oven that doesn't go hot enough but, that is still sexy!!!
Cut them into lovely bite size snacks and there you have it, yummy, fresh focaccia
To end it off I used my fresh focaccia to make some yummy sandwiches. Some fresh tomato, rocket, green pepper and a poached egg with salt and pepper (topped the one off with some Worcester sauce) - Yum Yum.
Next time I would try spreading the dough out a bit thicker, maybe about 2/3 centimeters think.