Weekend focaccia experiments

A long, lonesome weekend often leads me to culinary experimentation and this weekend I was particularly bold. Seeing as I’d never cooked focaccio before, I don’t know what led me to try out focaccia with toppings. The first was chick peas, tomato and rosemary – as inspired by this photograph by Parla Food.

The second was inspired by a bread-based flamiche I tried at The Bertinet Kitchen (a cookery school in Bath that has a bakery open on Saturday mornings).

Now, the chickpea looks good but didn’t taste very special. Could have done with a lot more garlic and, I suspect, an obscene amount of oil. I’ll leave that one. The leeky, cheesy focaccia on the other hand was DELICIOUS. I hereby dub it ‘foc-quiche-a’. More space for toppings would improve it immensely. I will definitely be trying this again, very soon, and aim to give a proper recipe!

I’ve written this on my lunch break, having just polished off a couple of slices of the cheese and leek foc-quiche-a with tomatoes and cucumber. I think it would be utterly lovely for a picnic!

4 responses to “Weekend focaccia experiments

  1. missbliss June 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Rebecca I’ll make some more for the weekend (parents coming to visit!) so will perfect the recipe on Friday. Was a bit hap-hazard, only cooked half with the leek topping and want to make improvements! Think it’ll be a classic in my repetoire though, really whizzy fast (especially if you have some sort of mixer) only takes 15 minutes to bake.

    Just had it for lunch again – oh yum yum yum!

  2. Rebecca June 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Ooh, please can we have the recipe and method for fo-quiche-a?

  3. Trinity (of haiku tofu) June 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    YUM! I think the foc-quiche-a looks so AMAZING. Leeks on bread- brilliant.

  4. Heavenly Housewife June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    They look lovely, nice and thick. I’m going to take the Bertinet bread class too. Really looking forward to it.
    *kisses* HH

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