Catching on | Rock Candy

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Catching on

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM


I remember my first focaccia, hot from a supermarket oven in a small town in Tuscany. The olive oil soon soaked the paper bag. It didn't last long, what with everybody in car tearing off hunks as we drove on to a house we'd rented for a couple of weeks. I had to make this bread myself and soon did, following a recipe that calls for making a sponge first with a bit of flour, yeast and water before adding more flour and oil.

Maggie Smith follows a much easier path and, from the looks of her photo, it works just fine. It's good with rosemary and other herbs. It's good just topped with coarse salt. I also make a version with sauteed -- almost caramelized -- onions, kneaded into the dough. With a simple salad and grilled chicken, it makes a four-star meal. Writes Maggie:

Warm bread right out of the oven is something I begin to crave when the weather starts turning. Last night I made focaccia with fresh rosemary, thyme, and oregano, plus some onions and garlic on top. Focaccia is really easy to make. Just start with a basic dough -- 2 cups of flour, a packet of dry yeast, 3/4 cup water, salt, sugar, plus whatever herbs you like. Mix it well, knead it, oil it, and let it rise for 30 minutes or so. Then, spread it out on a pizza pan in a thick circle and mash dimples into the surface with the pokey end of a wooden spoon. Top it with whatever's handy: carmelized onions, garlic, cheese, herbs, nuts, or even dried fruit; then, bake it at 400 for around 20 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Fresh herbs are always better than dried. If you're lucky enough to live in Stifft  Station, as I am, it's easy to snag bits of fresh herbs from neighbors during a morning walk, but you didn't hear that from me.

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Monday's open line

    Here's the Monday open line and today's news roundup
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Protest set on tax legislation

    A coalition of groups will demonstrate at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in front of the state Human Services headquarters at Seventh and Main to show displeasure with the Senate tax legislation.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • Fayetteville has a City Council opening thanks to Alan Long's resignation

    Alan Long has resigned from the Fayetteville City Council with more than three years remaining on his term and the Council itself must decide at its meeting Tuesday whether to fill the seat itself or call a special election.
    • Nov 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • John Goodson and others add lawyers for hearing on forum shopping

    Lawyers facing federal court sanctions for forum shopping a class action insurance case have brought in new legal guns from out of state to fight potential sanctions.
    • May 26, 2016
  • Lawyers plead for mercy in Fort Smith forum shopping case

    Twelve of the lawyers facing punishment by federal Judge P.K. Holmes in Fort Smith for moving a class action case against an insurance company out of his court to a state court where it was speedily settled have filed their argument against sanctions.
    • Jun 16, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation