2/13/2008

Focaccia Pugliese

A traditional Focaccia from Puglia in the South of Italy , it's so popular there and in the city of Bari they use to eat it with mozzarella, burrata a typical mozzarella creamy or mortadella ,like a filled roll. I love it , because I love the flavour of oregano and garlic, and it's so soft because of the potatoes...
Ingredients
5 cups of all purpose flour
2 medium potatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons of yeast active dry
10 plum tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
garlic, oregano, salt
Boil the potatoes until soft and peel them. Melt the brewer’s yeast in a cup with 1 cup of warm water. In a bowl put the potatoes and mash them. Add the yeast with the water .
Start kneeding adding the flour and 1-2 teaspoons of salt : when the dough doesn’t need any more flour (maybe you don't need all the flour or you need more , it depends on potatoes quality) , make a ball and put it on a dish towel sprinkled with flour. Let it rise covered in a warm place for two hours.
Bring oven to 475 F and grease a tin with olive oil , put int the tin the dough and spread it pressing slightly with the fingers.
Sprinkle with oregano and garlic finely chopped to taste , and put on the tomatoes crushed in halves, pressing slightly on the dough.
Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 F and cook for 30 minutes more or till Focaccia is golden.Serve it hot!!
Versione Italiana - Italian version
La Focaccia tradizionale Pugliese , e' popolarissima e nella citta' di Bari usano mangiarla ripiena con mozzarella , burrata o mortadella. Mi piace perche' adoro l'aroma di origano ed aglio, e poi e' cosi' morbida grazie alle patate nell'impasto...

Ingredienti
500 gr. di farina
10 pomodorini ciliegini
2 patate medie
olio extra vergine di oliva
1 e 1/2 cucchiaino di lievito di birra secco
aglio, origano, sale
Lessate le patate e sbucciatele. Sciogliete il lievito in una tazza di acqua tiepida. Sulla spianatoia mettete un po' di farina e aggiungete le patate schiacciate. Aggiungete il lievito amalgamandolo alle patate ed alla farina.Aggiungete qualche presa di sale e cominciate ad impastare aggiungendo l'altra farina. Quando la pasta non richiede più farina fate una palla e mettetela a lievitare coperta in un posto tiepido per 2 ore. Accendete il forno a 240° quindi ungete una teglia con olio, stendete la pasta e aggiungerci ancora olio sopra e lo spalmate premendo leggermente con la punta delle dita. Spolverate con l'origano e disponete i pomodorini schiacciati a metà schiacciandoli un po' nell'impasto. Aggiungete ancora olio e sale ed infornate per cinque minuti poi abbassate la temperatura a 180° e continuate la cottura per un'altra mezz'oretta. A fine cottura la focaccia deve risultare molto dorata ed alta circa sei/sette cm. Servitela calda!!!

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