It seems that lately baking has became my favourite hobby. All my last posts are about baking: bread, savoury cakes, cookies and today Focaccia bread. I already talked about the focaccia here. This time I made the focaccia using my own sourdough starter and adding an extra bit: some courgettes and onions. But let’s start from the beginning. This Sunday, instead of baking my weekly bread, I decided to try something new. My parents, which on a daily basis experiment new recipes in the kitchen, suggested to try an “upside-down” focaccia. Why upside-down”? Because you put the veggies of your choice in a baking tray and on the top the dough of the focaccia. In this way, the veggies won’t dry out but stay soft and cook thanks to their own steam. Ideally the upside down focaccia is a main course itself or if served in small a delicious appetizer.
250g Sourdough Starter
250g Strong Flour
125g Warm Water
1tbs of Sugar
1tbs of salt
2tbs of EVO
1 onion in thin slices
Start mixing the Sourdough starter with the warm water adding some sugar, which will facilitate the raising process. Add the flour, the oil and just at the end the salt. Mix all the ingredients for 5/10 minutes. The dough should be quite sticky as very hydrated. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to raise for at least 5hrs.
In the main time (it actually take just 5 minutes not 5 hours) chop the courgettes and the onions or any other veggies you decided to use. Season with some salt and peeper adding also some EVO.
After 5 hrs, take the dough, which should have became twice as big, out of the bowl and fold it using the same technique used for the bread. Cover the baking tray with some baking paper and dispose the courgette&onion mix on the tray. They should form an uniform layer. Put the dough on the top of the veggies and pushing down the dough until it covers all the tray. Leave it to rest for 1 hr. In the main time pre-heat the oven at 220°C. After the last part of the raising process cook at 200°C for 25/30 minute or until the top has a brown golden colour.
After taking the focaccia out of the oven, overturn it so the veggie part stays at the top. If needed pass the focaccia under the grill for a couple of minutes. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy this upside-down veggie focaccia warm. It won’t make it the end of the meal.