Thursday, July 31, 2014

Potato, Parmesan and Anchovy Focaccia

When I first saw this potato focaccia recipe at Epicurious, I know that my family and I will love to eat this. The combination of its toppings sounds very delicious to me. True enough, it is!

We really enjoy every aspect of baking and eating this bread... It is very moist, spongy (QQ) and delicious!

potato parmesan anchovy focaccia
A fabulous combination - potato + Parmesan + anchovy on a Focaccia
My son's squash-and-squeeze technique of mashing potatoes - LOL!
Mixing and proving the wet and sticky bread dough
Love everything in this oil mixture - Yum!
The other two main ingredients that I used
Assemble and bake!
Ready to feast on this bread?
potato parmesan anchovy focaccia
Moist, spongy and tasty!

Here's the recipe from Epicurious
(With my notes and modification in blue)

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

(for half amount of recipe, I used 50g Italian "OO" flour + 250g bread flour)
2 cups mashed cooked peeled russet (baking) potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds)

(for half amount of recipe, I used 3 medium golden delight potatoes)
2 tsp table salt
6 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced thin

(I preferred finely minced garlic)
1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine, or 1 tsp crumbled dried

(I used the fresh one)
1/4 tsp anchovy paste, or more to taste

(I used all from a 45g can, drained)
1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed

(for half amount of recipe, I used about 4 small sized Desiree potatoes)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 tbsp coarse salt, or to taste

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment proof the yeast with the sugar in the water for 5 mins, or until the mixture is foamy. In a large bowl combine 4 cups of the flour, the mashed potatoes, and salt until the mixture resembles coarse meal, add it with 2 tbsp of the oil to the yeast mixture, and combine the dough well. With the dough hook knead the dough, scraping down the dough hook occasionally and incorporating as much of the remaining 1/2 cup flour as necessary to prevent it from sticking, for 2 mins, or until it is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to an oiled bowl, and turn it to coat it with the oil. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours, or until it is double in bulk. (I mixed, kneaded and proved my dough for 1 hr using a bread-maker with dough setting) 

The dough may be made up to this point, punched down, and kept, covered and chilled, overnight. Let the dough return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe (I didn't chill the dough overnight).

In a small bowl stir together the garlic, the rosemary, the anchovy paste, and the remaining 4 tbsp oil and let the mixture stand, covered. Press the dough evenly into an oiled jelly-roll pan, 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 1 inches, and let it rise, covered loosely, in a warm place for 1 hr, or until it is almost double in bulk. 

Cut the red potatoes into paper-thin slices with a mandoline or handheld slicer, arrange the slices on the dough, overlapping them, and brush them with the oil mixture, discarding the garlic. Sprinkle the focaccia with the Parmesan, the coarse salt, and pepper to taste. Bake the focaccia in the bottom third of a preheated 400°F. oven for 40 to 50 mins, or until it is golden brown, let it cool in the pan on a rack, and serve it warm or at room temperature.

Note: Using half of the recipe, I have baked this bread at 180°C fan forced for 30 mins using 20 cm x 20 cm square pan.

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  1. Oh I can taste this already, Zoe and it is simply delicious:)

    The month sure did go hopping by. so cute of your son to be counting the days, lol...Some exciting events for the month of August though. I'm sure they will be tasty and FUN!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Zoe...

  2. Mmm mmm, I like foccaccia.. Normally would order the ham and cheese (with egg) one.. Common and boring huh.. But yours is different and interesting - anchovies.. I thought it looks like sardines (or tuna) but I bet it taste awesome and gone in a few hours!

  3. This bread looks very delicious. I like all the ingredients you used:-)

  4. juicy focaccia there and anchovies in focaccia wow thats fantastic zoe

  5. Zoe, I wish that I could have a slice of your focaccia! I love anchovies and I probably won't be able to sto[ at just one slice :)

  6. Hi Zoe, I've bookmarked a focaccia recipe ... but short of some ingredients ... your's just in time for me have a bite ... hee hee !

  7. Zoe, your foccacia looks very interesting with potato slices and I can imagine how soft it tastes and fragrant from the herbs. I love it. I'm bookmarking this recipe :)

  8. I want a slice! :D Love the idea of mashing potatoes in ziplock bag. :) I hope my son will enjoy baking with me too when he's older! :D

  9. Yep, looks delicious and inviting! I wish I have a bitter stomach to eat all the baking goodies that I have bookmarked to bake lol!

  10. Gosh, time flies really fast.... I was just wondering what to do with potato and here we are ready for next month's event.... I look forward to august with the two events which are so exciting..meantime, we bid farewell to July with your yummy focaccia

  11. How innovative and delicious!! I've never thought or seen a focaccia like this but I totally would love to try it! Anchovies on bread sounds great!

  12. Zoe, this is healthy food. Look very nice ~

  13. This looks so special and yummy, I could almost smell it from here. And I love your son's way of smashing potato. It's a good way to get the kids involved with the cooking. I shall ask my boys to do that for me next time.

  14. My friends bf is laughing that we Lithuanians love potatoes and eat them all the time.. so yeah..I don't think I will ever have enough of potatoes :P Oh.. I hope I will have time to join at least one of the cooking events this time! It it four.. like flour in general, anything baked with flour? :D

  15. No doubt a very delicious focaccia which has all my favourite ingredients - potato, cheese and anchovy. Yum!

  16. This looks wonderful, Zoe. The layering is pretty!

  17. I love potatoes and I love focaccia! This looks like the perfect focaccia for me.

  18. I love focaccia and that reminded me that I haven't bake one for a long long time.

  19. Oh Zoe, These focacial looks delicious. I love love potatoes and I must bookmark this recipe!!

  20. This is an interesting Focaccia recipe, looks really good and enticing especially the last photo, wish I can have a bite!

  21. Zoe , this dish sounds delicouly good , I like your son's idea of making mashed potatoes
    ;- D

  22. So inviting! Gonna try this amazing focaccia :D

  23. Zoe è magnifica questa focaccia e sono certa mio marito la divorerebbe in un solo boccone!!!!
    Un abbraccio

  24. Zoe, this is a very special bread. It really looks so yummy and delicious!