I did mention some time ago that I had some news to share, didn’t I? Well, the piece of news that I am going to share now iiiiiiis ……. that I am now a Bloggallina! Bloggalline is Italy’s coolest foodblogger community where I recently found home and many great ladies who share my obsession for food & related stuff (I hear that there are gentlemen in the community too – Bloggalletti- but I haven’t “met” any yet!). And because It’s definitely a good reason to celebrate, here’s some amazing lemon and lavender loaf from one of my newest purchases “Pies and Puds” by Paul Hollywood (recipe here too! Lemon and lavender loaf).
I think it’s the yummies cake I’ve made recently, so fluffy and full of flavour!!! I decided to be a good girl again and didn’t bastardise the recipe all that much (I used 50 gr of butter and 50 gr of sunflower oil instead of 100 gr of butter), it’s Paul Hollywood recipe after all, right??? #dontmesswithpaulhollywood
On a whingy note, I seriously have to complain about the weather. I also did say that temperatures where going to drop but I didn’t expect it to be so drastic. Yesterday morning I had a stroke of genius and actually checked the temperature before I left for work in the morning: it was 4 degrees and I had to change my outfit completely. And of course the one time when I tried to be organised and chose one the night before so that I wouldn’t have to make too much noise in the morning. FAIL. Once again baking is the only source of heating at the moment, so we did have a bit of a bake party and ate cake for the last two days – life IS hard.
Next thing one should bake is FOCACCIA! The one food-related thing I miss the most about Italy! I know in Austria there are pretty amazing cakes and stuff but nothing can beat focaccia, also considering that it’s the only savory thing along with pizza (and now also quiche!) that I would eat for breakfast. My sous chef is in charge for yeast doughs, so this is his special recipe! It’s made it with potatoes as well, which make it extra yummy.
It’s fluffy, it’s finger licking good, it’s FOCACCIA!
450 gr cooked potatoes, pressed
330 gr white flour
270 gr spelt flour
16 gr salt
270 gr water, room temperature
30 gr fresh yeast
olive oil for the pan
Mixture of 30 gr olive oil, 45 gr water, 1tsp salt
1 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 tbsp flax seeds
Optional: Sonnentor potato spice mix
Mix the fresh yeast with the water, until well combined.
Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and add the water/yeast mixture. Knead until all the ingredients are well mixed together – be aware that it is a pretty wet dough so you won’t get the classic dough ball 🙂 Let the mixture prove for 1 hour.
Put some olive oil in a baking tin (the one I use is 40×32 cm) and transfer the focaccia dough into it. Spread the dough so that it will cover the whole surface of the tin. Let it prove for another hour.
Preheat the oven 225 degrees C.
Prick the dough gently with the tip of your fingers. Pour the oil/water/salt mixture over the dough, sprinkle the seeds and potato spice mix. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy your focaccia warm but I can tell it will still be nice and moist on the next day 🙂