May 18, 2010
When we were having company over a while ago, I wanted to make some bread to go with our pasta dish. I couldn’t use any dairy as one of our friends is lactose intolerant, so I did some research! I ended up finding this recipe for jalapeno foccacia bread, but I altered it ever-so-slightly and we really enjoyed it!! Not only that, but I found it made two HUGE pans of foccacia bread. So I made one proper pan, and then I took the dough and separated it into a 6-cup muffin tin and baked them that way. They turned out into perfect little buns! The dough is so light and fluffy and we really enjoyed it with our pasta and then for lunches with soup! I would definitely use this recipe again and again, and more specifically in muffin tins to make buns – perfect for individual portions!
Here is the altered recipe:
Breadmaker Foccacia Bread:
1.5 cups of water
2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
1.5 cups of whole wheat flour
1.5 cups plus 3 tbsp. of white flour
1.5 tsps. yeast
Chili powder, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup shredded cheese (more or less depending on your tastes!)
Place all ingredients into your breadmaker as suggested by your manufacturer. Select dough cycle. When the cycle is finished, remove the dough from the pan and place it on a lightly floured surface. Punch it to deflate it. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Brush a round pie pan lightly with olive oil. Roll out the dough into the shape of the pan and then transfer the dough into the pan (I only used half of the dough in the pan – I put the rest into a 6-cup muffin tin). Cover it loosely with a tea towel and let it rise for another 40-50 minutes or until doubled. Preheat the oven to 425F. Uncover the dough after it has doubled and use your fingertips to create evenly spaced indentations all over the dough. Lightly brush it with olive oil, and season it with the chili powder and black pepper. If no one is lactose intolerant, then sprinkle the cheese all over! If someone is, then only sprinkle half of the dough so they can enjoy it later too! Put it in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
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