Have you ever wondered what innkeepers do on a snowy weekend when a major snowstorm forces guests cancel their reservations and we all-of-a-sudden have a weekend to ourselves with no guests staying at the Inn??? Well, hone our bread-making skills, of course!
On this particular day, we tested 2 recipes for Focaccia…a flat-bread of sorts which is typically dressed with herbs and sometimes roasted vegetables and a little cheese, similar to pizza. One recipe came from a quite renowned so-called ‘Bread Bible’,…a $50.00 hard-bound cookbook with a some inspirational photos; …the other from a thin Focaccia-only paper back book written by Carol Field with tempting photos of simple italian breads throughout. Attempt # 1 for focaccia from the ‘Bread Bible’ was trashed, but we tried the same recipe a second time and blamed the first failure on the yeast. At the same time, we made a basic focaccia from the cookbook of the same name and figured however it went, we would have at least one focaccia for a hearty dinner.
As we combined the yeast and the flour and waited for the ‘RISE’ , we roasted red potatoes, carmelized some onions, and roasted a head of fresh garlic…fresh rosemary from our herb garden(still alive inside!) waited to be plucked and added to the finished product!
Well, the Bread Bible recipe prooved to be the problem…not the yeast…but the Focaccia recipe won out and rose and worked to perfection!
We wound up adding a little gorgonzola cheese to half the focaccia and a little freshly-grated parmesan cheese to the other half…It was delish no matter how you slice it! If anyone out there wants the recipe, please e-mail us and we are happy to share the recipe along with our suggestions for additions….or visit Main Street Manor sometime in the future and you may just get some of this special treat to try at tea-time!
In the meantime, bake some cookies, some bread, make a soup or a focaccia in a snowstorm and enjoy the cockle-warming delights while its still winter…This is the time of year to create & savour some real home-made comfort food!