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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of wonderful ideas for focaccia toppings, 18 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Focaccia: Simple Breads from the Italian Oven (Paperback)
This is a lovely book for anyone who enjoys Italian food, and Italian breads in particular. I like baking my own bread, both straight-dough and sourdough methods, and have made some lovely focaccia bases in the past using recipes from Bread by Ursula Ferrigno or Local Breads by Dan Leader. And although the focaccia bases from those two books were really tasty and beautifully risen, neither of them gave more than 2 or 3 suggestions for toppings for focaccia. I therefore decided to buy Focaccia by Carol Field, hoping for loads of topping suggestions, and was certainly not disappointed... in fact, far from it - this book is a little gem!

The book contains 4 basic focaccia doughs: basic white focaccia, wholewheat focaccia, focaccia with a starter that should be prepared 6 - 24 hours in advance, and my favourite, focaccia from Genoa: the dough includes white wine which does something marvellous to the taste and texture, and it rises beautifully when you bake it.
And then there are the various recipes for focaccia toppings: 31 recipes for Savory Focaccia, 6 for Filled Focaccia, and 10 for Sweet Focaccia. The Savory Focaccia section is my favourite and includes, amongst others:
- basil - topped focaccia
- focaccia with rosemary, oil and salt
- focaccia with fresh sage
- focaccia with garlic and herbs
- focaccia with caramelised onions
- focaccia with sweet peppers
- focaccia with slivers of potato and rosemary
And the absolutely heavenly gorgonzola, red onion and walnut focaccia. These are the ones I have tried, and all have been so delicious that they disappear in one evening despite baking a double batch to last at least 2 days. I can't wait to try all the rest of the recipes now, especially as the ones I made before all were so great.

So if you're looking for some inspirational toppings for focaccia, look no further than this one. And apart from the recipes there are various photographs dispersed throughout the book of herbs, olive oil bottles, tables laid with focaccia and Italian wine... beautiful.
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Focaccia: Simple Breads from the Italian Oven by Carol Field (Paperback - 1 Dec 1994)
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