Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Irish Focaccia Bread Recipe

Yes you heard correctly.  I know the Irish bread served is traditionally not focaccia and you probably wouldn't even think of the Irish in the same sentence with focaccia being Italian and all.  This amazing bread was served at every dinner when we were cruising in Ireland and I definitely held it as the highlight of the meals so much that I forget the main courses.  I don't have to tell you the carbs killed me on that trip just with the lovely bread alone, not to mention the killer desserts.  The authentic Irish owners of the Shannon Princess share this recipe on their website so I wanted to make this part of my Irish series this month.  I gotta tell you, the Irish make a mean focaccia!  Enjoy!




Ingredients

  • 3Ib 5oz strong white bread flour
  • 6¼oz sachet dried yeast
  • 2fl oz olive oil, plus a little extra for oiling
  • pinch salt
  • 20fl oz/1 pint warm water

For the topping
  • sprigs rosemary
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • black olives-optional
  • cherry tomatoes-optional

method

  1. Combine the flour, yeast, olive oil and salt in a mixer with a dough hook.
  2. Add the water to make a soft dough, and knead in the mixer until smooth and shiny.
  3. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for about an hour until well risen.
  4. Tip the mix out onto a floured surface and knead to knock out any air pockets. Roll the dough into an oval-like shape about 2cm/¾in thick. Transfer to an oiled baking tray.
  5. Firmly press your fingers into the surface to 'pit' the surface. For the topping, drizzle with olive oil and lightly grind sea salt over the top.
  6. Put a small sprig of rosemary into each pit.
  7. Cover with a tea towel and set the loaf aside for another 20 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F
  9. Transfer the loaf to the middle shelf of the oven and cook for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with balsamic vinegar & Olive oil for dipping.




Did you ever think the Irish could attempt Italian?  This bread really gives them a run for their money!


10 comments:

Julie said...

Yummy! It looks good...and I'm starving so THANKS.

Shannon said...

I will have to make this soon! Thank you for posting the recipe.
Looks Amazing!

xo

Sarcasm Goddess said...

That look likes heaven. You never know what you're going to get when you mix the Irish with the Italian (says the woman who is Irish-Italian) but it's hard to go wrong with bread!

Katherine Moore said...

Wow! This sounds really interesting and delicious. I spent a month in Ireland in various cities around the country. We never got to have this, but I wish we had. I'm definitely going to try this recipe sometime soon!

CoffeeLovinMoM said...

Glad I could help - it was the best!

CoffeeLovinMoM said...

Please let me know if you try it!

CoffeeLovinMoM said...

HEllo..this lady chef was the best, greatest bread ever!

CoffeeLovinMoM said...

Nice - we were mainly inland aside from Galway..Ireland is very beautiful. Where all did you visit? If you click on the Shannon Princess link, you can see what we did - or stop by next month when I'm featuring all our European travels.

Karen Pokras Toz said...

Oh - that looks SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

Brittany Stewart said...

Yum!
Loving this Irish series :)

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