This weeks challenge was focaccia. I admit I was dragging my feet on this one as I have made so many focaccia for years at a previous job. I was remembering the bakers which taught me my technique and reading the book, this technique is SO different. It is human nature to not embrace change so much as I was stuck in my way's but....I am a bread bakers apprentice so I must try it. I am SO glad I did. After all those years I will now have a new recipe and a new technique!!!
I mixed the dough and left it on the counter to rest. I then went thru 3 times of stretching it and folding it like an envelope. While the dough was resting I made my herb oil. I used fresh herbs, basil, thyme and rosemary. I added some garlic, salt and pepper.
I decided to put my dough on my stone. I did not do the wax paper. I was a little nervous if the dough would stick but it worked. I oiled up the stone and put the dough on the stone then added the dough and shaped the focaccia.
I formed the focaccia and put in the the refridgerator over night. It rose up some. I then left it on the counter and let it rise another 3 hours. I baked the focaccia and half way thru the baking time I sprinkled a mixture of parmesan and mozerella cheese. I was really happy with how my bread turned out and this is the first recipe my family got excited about!! Thank you Chris from http://www.akuindeed.com/ for hosting our challenges.