This simple, sweet and speedy take on foccacia, isn't exactly like the great Italian bread, but it's very nice all the same. I wanted something that was beyond easy to make - something I could let my nine year old work on independently should he choose to do so. I was also looking for something that was adaptable and while I knew this would work with some nice sea salt and fresh herbs added to the dough (and please feel free to do that for it's equally as delicious), I wanted to experiment with this, which is how I came to the chocolate chip version you see above. Do note though that this is not a sweet bread at all, despite the addition of a bit of chocolate.
Taking less than 15 minutes to assemble, I'm happy to have found another easy bread recipe to add to my repertoire, and whether I serve it a sweet or savoury snack, it will surely be enjoyed just the same.
I'll be back again tomorrow with one last post for the week...something that doesn't involve flour and yeast...and then I'm looking forward to a nice, warm-weather weekend with my family.
Have a great day, friends!
Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt "Foccacia"
1 tsp honey
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/3 cup warm water + 3 tbsp warm water
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chocolate chunks
~ Place the yeast in a medium sized mixing bowl and cover with 1/3 cup warm water and the honey. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, or until foamy.
~ Add the flour, olive oil and salt and mix well. Add the remaining water, one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.
~ Add the chocolate chunks and lightly knead the dough. Place in an oiled bowl, turning to coat on all sides. Allow to rise for 30 minutes in a warm spot.
~ Pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees. Remove the dough and roll out onto a piece of parchment paper. A circular or rectangular shape is fine. Lift the parchment, with the dough on top of it, and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
~ Dot the dough with your fingertips making dimples on the top. Brush olive oil over the dough and sprinkle with sea salt.
~ Bake for 8 - 10 minutes (depending on if you want the dough to have a crisp to it or not). Remove from the oven and allow to cool.