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Sep 19, 2010 08:07 AM

Focaccia help

So far I have achieved a respectable loaf that perfectly resembles the recipe I have been following. Flavorwise I am happy, letting the olive oil and sea salt shine. Now I am trying to take it to another level. I am trying to recreate a focaccia I had in Milan that I remember for it's lightness. What would you recommend to achieve a less dense focaccia loaf? Some ideas that have run through my mind are a longer second proofing, second proofing in a warmer environment, using baking powder (?). Thanks.

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  1. add more water to dough. What % water to dry are you using?

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    1. re: celeryroot

      I agree this is important information to have. Very few people can believe how wet a dough you need to turn out authentic Focaccia. the strength of your flour is pretty important an well.

    2. No baking powder. A longer rise is good but in a colder environment to let the flavor/texture develop better. Start with a poolish the night before. My favorite it Peter Reinhart's Poolish focaccia from Bread Baker's Apprentice. I know you said you like the simple olive and salt but the herbed olive oil is amazing.

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      1. re: chowser

        Yeah, when I was making focaccia for a living we used to let the dough proof/rise overnight in the fridge.

      2. I just read in that a lot of traditional focaccia recipes call for a potato. I had no idea. But the potato rolls I grew up on did have a marvelous texture. Here is a gorgeous looking (glutenicious) example:

        1. Vital wheat gluten might help. If you add a couple teaspoons of this to a bread recipe it helps make it lighter. Sometimes I use it. Other times prefer it more dense. You can buy a small box in some stores --try organic flour section. Yes, this could be just what you need!

          1. I can't vouch for anyone elses suggestions but celeryroot and chefj. Extremely wet dough is the only, and most simple, thing that will give you a lighter product. Dough that has a near-batter consistency.

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            1. re: Jemon

              Thanks everyone for your input!