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Blueberry Rosemary Focaccia

With generous herbs and a sprinkling of flaked salt, this bread is as delicious with bacon for brunch as it is alongside grilled pork chops for dinner.

Sunset JUNE 2014

  • Yield: Makes 24 pieces (serving size: 1 piece)
  • Total:3 Hours, 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1/2 tsp. flaked salt, such as Jacobsen or Maldon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves, divided
  • About 6 cups flour
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon coarse or regular granulated sugar

Preparation

1. Put yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl) and pour 1 cup warm water (90° to 105°) on top. Let sit until yeast dissolves, 5 to 8 minutes.

2. Add milk, 1/4 cup oil, the kosher salt, and 1 tbsp. rosemary. Attach dough hook and with mixer on low, gradually blend in 6 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until dough is smooth and elastic, 10 to 12 minutes; if necessary, add about 2 tbsp. more flour until it's only slightly tacky. (Or knead by hand: Stir in 5 3/4 cups flour with a spoon, then knead on a work surface, adding flour as required to prevent sticking.)

3. Cover dough in bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Oil a 12- by 17-in. rimmed baking sheet with 1 tbsp. oil. Punch down dough, transfer to baking sheet, and use your hands to push it into an even layer; if it's too springy, let it rest about 10 minutes. Cover loosely and let rise until puffy, 45 to 60 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°.

4. With your fingers, poke holes 1 to 2 in. apart straight down into risen dough. Scatter blueberries over dough, then drizzle dough with 2 tbsp. oil. Combine remaining 1 tbsp. rosemary and the sugar; sprinkle on top.

5. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Brush with remaining 2 tbsp. oil and sprinkle with flaked salt. Cool in pan on a rack 15 minutes. Loosen focaccia with a wide spatula and slide onto a work surface. Cut into pieces about 3 by 4 in. and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 174
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 227mg
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
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