Thursday, 3 December 2015

Dinner and a Movie Recipe: Pulling a TrainTrack Focaccia Bread

We're watching Trainwreck tomorrow with the oft-nekkid Amy Schumer; here is one of my favourite focaccia recipes from the Tassajara Bread Book. I blogged about it on my own recipe page as a pizza crust but in the original recipe, it mentions that you can arrange the dough like a ladder...or train tracks! Woot!

Onward! You will need:

2 c lukewarm water (85-105 degrees)
2 Tbsp active dry yeast (still not instant!)
1/4 c olive oil (don't use EVOO, any old cooking olive oil will do)
3 Tbsp fresh Rosemary or 2 tsp dry
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 c unbleached all-purpose white flour
3 c more unbleached all-purpose white flour
Olive oil for brushing
Coarse salt (sea or kosher) I'm using Fleur de Sel

Turn your oven on to it's lowest setting for one minute, turn off. Put the warm water into your enormous bowl; sprinkle with the yeast. Add in the olive oil, salt, whole wheat flour and 1 c of the white flour. Stir really well, at least 100 strokes. 

 Add in two cups of the white flour, 1/2  to 1 cup at a time.

Ready to knead
 Use the last cup of white flour for kneading, adding as needed. Give it at least 5 minutes, adding flour as it gets sticky. To knead, you will take the top part of the dough and fold it over the bottom. Push the dough with the heels of your hands. Take what squishes out the sides and fold them towards the middle. Repeat. For five minutes. I've tried to take some pictures, but it looks like all I got was an amazing view of my cheap olive oil.


Ohhhhver again

Folding in

And more in

Until it looks something like this
 Spray your bowl with oil; place the dough in it and spray it as well. Cover it with a damp tea towel (not terrycloth) or saran wrap and let it rise in the pre-warmed oven (should be OFF) for an hour.

After an hour, gently punch the dough down and let rise again for 40 minutes.

I'm going to do half of the dough in train tracks, and the other half in a regular loaf of bread. Do as you will! Cut your dough into two pieces and let rest for 5 minutes. Shape the one into a ball, flatten the other and then roll into a rectangle.

Roll flattish and the make diagonal slices every two inches or so and then pull gently from both ends, until it resembles a ladder...or TrainTracks! That we pulled.

Say if train tracks were shaped like fish

See the glisten-y oil??

Brush or spray with more olive oil and the sprinkle with a good chunky salt; like kosher or something fancy. This will like a fancy homemade pretzel without the boiling of dough or swear-screaming by me.

Let the dough rise for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit; bake for 25 to 30 minutes until browned on top and bottom.

Pull the train apart, dip in something delicious and enjoy!

The Persian Lime-Infused Olive Oil With Balsamic Vinegar

The Organic Basil-Infused Olive Oil with White Balsamic Vinegar

All up in each other

Taking a LICIOUS licious bath



  2. Just setting a post, roll in 5?

  3. Stopping at the market on the way home for rosemary, and then making this today as soon as I get home.

    Time to bust out ramekins and balsamic vinegar

    1. I may have finished up a bunch more for snackies today. Delish!