Red Onion-Fontina Sake Focaccia
Sake has a mellow, subtly fermented essence that makes this easy dough taste like it rose for hours instead of just 45 minutes. It received our Test Kitchens' top rating.
Yield: 14 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 169
- Calories from fat: 26%
- Fat: 4.9g
- Saturated fat: 2.8g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
- Protein: 6.8g
- Carbohydrate: 21.6g
- Fiber: 1g
- Cholesterol: 16mg
- Iron: 1.3mg
- Sodium: 422mg
- Calcium: 86mg
- 1 package dry yeast
- Dash of sugar
- 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (about 10 1/3 ounces)
- 4 teaspoons stone-ground cornmeal, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup warm sake (100° to 110°)
- Cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cups vertically sliced red onion
- 1/2 teaspoon sake
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- Dash of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
- 1 3/4 cups (7 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Dissolve yeast and sugar in 3/4 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.
- Lightly spoon all-purpose flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon stone-ground cornmeal, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Set aside.
- Stir 1/2 cup warm sake into yeast mixture; immediately add to flour mixture, and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).
- Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Turn dough out onto a baking sheet evenly sprinkled with remaining 1 teaspoon cornmeal. Gently press dough into a 12-inch circle. Lightly spray surface of dough with cooking spray; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 15 minutes.
- Combine red onion, 1/2 teaspoon sake, olive oil, and dash of black pepper; toss well to coat. Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg white in a small bowl. Gently brush dough with egg white mixture; discard any remaining egg white mixture. Sprinkle fontina cheese evenly over dough, and top with the onion mixture. Sprinkle with thyme and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
- Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until focaccia is deep golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
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