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Offline TomN

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Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:49:27 AM »
I took this photo of the Focaccia Bread Recipe on the back of a bag of ConAgra Mills Bread Flour. Since I have a lot of Pendleton Power Flour at home, could I use the power flour to make this Focaccia bread?  Is the high gluten going to be a problem? Should a cold rise apply to this recipe? Thank you in advance for any advice on this.

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I just didn't want to buy more flour since I have so much POWER flour on hand.
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Re: Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2013, 07:19:18 AM »
Others probably know this much better but I think that when you do a cold rise, which usually takes a lot longer, you use a lot less yeast than when you do a short warm rise.

The recipe also talks about adding warm water, if you want to do a cold rise, I think it is better to add cold water.

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Re: Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 11:16:11 AM »
I don't mind using this recipe, but I guess my real concern is about the high gluten POWER flour. Would that be a problem or not. Thanks.

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I was thinking that the cold rise would flavor the bread more, but perhaps in this case you don't need it???? Feel free to post links or suggested recipes on Focaccia bread.
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Re: Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 11:54:15 AM »
For me a foccacia should be light and "airy". I would therefore be happy with high gluten flour. I however do not know the specific Pendleton power flour so can not comment on that.


You will find a lot of variations on the recipe. My recipe for foccacia would be:

Flour
Water  70%  (I would start with 60% and slowly add another 10% later, when the dough is allready formed)
salt  2.2%
IDY   0.4%

Overnight in the fridge, let come to room temperature, make the foccacia, rise, bake. This is ofcourse without anything like the Rosemary or parmesan but toppings are variable.

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Re: Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 03:17:24 PM »
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Re: Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 03:21:24 PM »
Found this recipe for Focaccia bread on the web and they use High Gluten Flour.

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/01/18/focaccia-bread-recipe/

Ingredients:
For the Bread:
5 cups high-gluten or bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups water, at room temperature
cup Herb Oil
Extra olive oil for the pan

For the Herb Oil:
2 cups olive oil
1 cup chopped fresh herbs (any combination of basil, parsley, oregano, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, savory, and sage) - OR - 1/3 cup dried herbs or a blend such as herbes de Provence
1 tablespoon coarse (kosher) salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated garlic or 5 to 6 fresh cloves, minced

Cooking directions are on the website.

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Re: Focaccia Bread Flour ???
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 05:23:34 PM »
Again sounds like a fine recipe. It also pointed me to an error in my recipe. I put my ciabatta there. to make it into a foccacia you add the oil and tasty herbal stuff.

My suggestion would be, just give any of the recipe's a try and take it from there. They will probably all produce fine results and you can try different ones to see wich gives you the one you like best.

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