Or as I call it: The living, breathing dough that threatened to take over my kitchen! Well, either I put in too much yeast, or its just a very active dough. I took lots of pictures that came out really blurry - more than normal...I started to think the dough was moving. And this was before any of the rises! OK, I'm not crazy...you'll see....
After the first rise. It's a large bowl.
Stirred down, getting ready to start second rise...
See? Look at this dough...look at those air holes...after second rise...it's ginormous.
It did behave better after I punched it down again. My version of "leaf" motif.
They were sure pretty (I thought). And very yummy...love the salt, in the olives and on top of the breads. I held one up for the grandkids and asked what shape these were...closest guess - flower. Oh well, so much for my leaf designing.
I've always wanted to make a focaccia, but never have, don't know why. This forced me into it, and I'm glad. I will certainly make this recipe and other versions in the future.
What to do with a second bread? I wrapped one of the cooled breads in a kitchen towel and put it into a gallon baggie (just fit) and froze it. It tastes fine defrosted....better than the little leftover piece I had the next day from the first one.
To see what others did with this recipe this week, you can visit French Fridays with Dorie.