Speck and garden herbs focaccia
 
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This is a highly customizable recipe. Add you own herbs, replace speck by ham, pancetta, bacon and choose your own cheese. I have tried this one with Shanklish Lebanese cheese, it was simply fantastic.
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
dough
  • 500g flour (any)
  • 300g water
  • 120g sour-dough starter or a tbs of fresh baker's yeast or even dry yeast
  • 10g salt
  • 30g olive oil
topping
  • 250g speck
  • 1 mini clove garlic
  • 80g cheese (Cheddar or Emmenthal, Gruyère, Shanklish, etc)
  • Your selection of fresh herbs from the garden (chives, thyme, oregano, rosemary)
  • Optional cream if you want to make it naughty...
  • 1 dash good flavoursome olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place all dough ingredients EXCEPT olive oil in the mixer's bowl.
  2. Mix on low speed for 4 mins, then 7 mins on high speed.
  3. Add olive oil, mix on low speed for 1 min and 3 mins on high speed.
  4. Dust silicon mat. Tip dough and form a ball. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 1h.
  5. Fold dough in half. Let rise for one more hour.
  6. Divide dough in 2 pieces which you will fold on themselves, stretching them a little lengthwise. Leave to proof for 20 mins. (You can make smaller foccacias or a giant one)
  7. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  8. Using your hands or a rolling pin form 2 ovals, 2 cm high. Place you focaccias on the tray.
  9. With a fork or your fingers press down the dough all over making holes (except on the edges).
  10. Grate garlic all over and spread it all over (optional: spread some crème fraîche).
  11. Place all the topping ingredients now.
  12. Leave to proof for 1h or more.
  13. Preheat the oven at 240°C.
  14. Bake for 5 mins and lower the temperature to 220°C. Bake for a further 10 mins.
  15. Place on a cooling rack. Some people brush olive oil on the sides. It give it a full one Italian look :)
Recipe by The Flo Show.com at http://www.thefloshow.com/speck-and-garden-herbs-focaccia/