But first thing's first.
This month our challenge was to make Focaccia and our hosts were Rachael of pizzarossa and Sawsan of Chef in Disguise.
I wanted to make a gluten free sweet focaccia, so I chose the basic recipe and left out the spices.
385 gm all-purpose gluten free flour
6 gm salt
15 gm white sugar
15 gm confectioner's sugar
8½ gm active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
15 ml vegetable oil
300 ml milk
* Warm the milk and mix it with the yeast and sugar and wait until it becomes foamy and bubbly.
* Stir together the flour, salt and confectioner's sugar
* Mix in the vegetable oil, then add the milk-yeast mixture.
* Stir until the dough comes together and then knead until smooth and elastic.
* Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in and turn to coat it with oil.
* Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place until it is doubled
* Preheat oven to 230°C.
* Deflate the dough down and place it on greased baking sheet. Pat into a thick circle.
* To give the dough the dimples effect, use your fingertips, pushing gently all over the surface of the dough.
* Lightly oil it with a brush and sprinkle your toppings.
* Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
* Bake for about 15 min.
This process, as I have described it above is the theory.
The outcome? Well, I don't know what went wrong, because my dough didn't rise at all, even though the yeast was OK. I had purchased it that same day and it did foam.
I always, always help my yeasted doughs rise, using my neck warmer(!!) with a lot of success. Not this time...
So, I simply made a round shape with my hands, placed the toppings and baked.
It didn't rise at all, even during baking.
When I cut it, it was bread-y, not very sweet (as I suspect a sweet bread should be), but since there was no rise, this focaccia was dry.
Naturally we didn't like it and I ended up eating the chips from on top the focaccia.
Anyway, these are my pictures...
To tell you the truth, I didn't try to make it again. I was a bit disappointed and didn't want to waste any more ingredients...
I guess better luck next time?