Sunday, April 25, 2010


I use my bread machine all the time but only for the dough cycle. It is just so convenient to just toss in the ingredients and let the machine do all the mixing and kneading. I do not like the shape of machine made dough so I take it out after the dough cycle then shape and bake conventionally. For this dinner I made a loaf of foccacia.

1/2 cup water
1 tbls olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp chopped dried rosemary
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 medium onion thinly sliced 1 plum tomato diced
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tbls Parmesan cheese

Combine the water and the next 7 ingredients in the bread machine and let it run through the dough cycle. Meanwhile, saute the onion and tomato together until the onion is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.

When the dough is done, spread it out to 1/4 inch disk on a piece of cornmeal sprinkled parchment paper set on a plate. Spread the onion mixture over the dough. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Let rise in a moist warm place (I bring a mug of water to a boil in the microwave and then put the dough in there to rise) for 40- 45 minutes.

Place a cookie sheet in the oven and heat the oven to 375. Transfer the dough, parchment paper and all, to the baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes until done.

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