Spooky Focaccia Bread
Spooky Focaccia Bread
Yield: 10 Servings Prep Time: 95 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Full Time: 2 Hours
This bread is light, fluffy and delicious, topped with vegetable and herb Halloween decorations.
- 1 and 1/3 cup warm water (around 110°F) - 2 teaspoons Agave syrup
- 1 (0.25 oz.) package active-dry yeast
- 3 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, and more for drizzling
- 2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, and more for sprinkling
- 1 white potato
- 1 sweet potato
- Fresh rosemary sprigs (I used around 3-4 sprigs)
- Fresh thyme sprigs (I used around 5 small sprigs)
1. Proof the yeast: Add the warm water and agave syrup to a large bowl, stir to combine. Sprinkle and stir the yeast on top of the water and agave mixture. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy.
2. With a stand mixer or hand mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour, olive oil and salt. Stir for about 5 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, you can add extra flour (about 1/4 cup).
3. Grease a separate bowl with cooking spray (I used olive oil spray). Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, and shape into a ball using your hands. Place in greased bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Let dough rise for about 60 minutes, until doubled in size.
4. Make the Halloween designs: While the dough rising, make your Halloween potato decorations. Begin by peeling your (sweet and white) potatoes and slicing about 1/4 inch thick. Place in bowl and rise with water. After rinsed, drain the water and add about 1/2 cup of water to the bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes in increments of 30-60 seconds, mixing between increments, until potatoes are semi-soft. This will allow for your knife to easily cut out desired designs. Once soft, you can start cutting your designs! I decided to cut out pumpkins and ghosts. (Please review video below for reference)
5. On a clean surface, sprinkle some flour. Once the dough has risen, turn onto the floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle (about 1/2"-1" thick). Cover with the damp towel again, and let rise for another 20 minutes.
6. In this time, preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet (or 9 x 13" dish) with parchment paper. Transfer dough to dish, and use your fingers to poke dents all over the surface of the dough. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
7. Intricately lay out your Halloween cut-outs, with fresh rosemary and thyme. Design however you desire! Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the dough is slightly golden and is cooked through.
9. Drizzle with more olive oil, slice and serve warm!
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