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Dec 28, 2010 05:45 AM

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I just received a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas ( thank ya Santa! ) and ironically a Panini Press. I would love to get some tried and true focaccia/ciabatta/awesome and easy bread recipes to try out. I have baking experience and enjoy all types of breads. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. This book is all you need to satisfy your stated objective and much more:

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    1. re: todao

      Ditto. The focaccia recipe is the best:

      The herbed olive oil is wonderful.

    2. My mom has been making the Cook's Illustrated focaccia this year after getting her Kitchenaid and - wow, it's pretty great, and she really likes the method. Think it came from one of the monthly magazines.

      1. I love this focaccia and always use my KA to knead it.

        1. All of these suggestions look wonderful. Come on Friday so I can make my starter after work! Magiesmom, I love the sweet variation of that focaccia, I never thought about that!

          1. I made focaccia this weekend. I followed the vegan yum yum recipe provided by chowser and it was certainly a labor of love, but totally worth the time. The bread was airy, bubbly, and so delicious. My roomies and friends had no problem literally tearing through the loaf with me! I made the herbed oil with rosemary and sprinkled liberal sea salt atop also and found the salt to be spectacular. I think I'm going to make two loaves this coming weekend, another savory and a sweet one. I was thinking golden raisins. Any other suggestions for a sweet variation?

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            1. re: in bocca

              Glad you liked it. It's by far the best of all I've tried, though it is time consuming. I've only used it for savory (makes a great pizza, too). Peter Reinhart suggests adding 3 cups of raisins the last 2 minutes of kneading to make it really dense w/ raisins, omit the herb oil (obviously) but use olive oil and sea salt.