As most of you know .... not least because I probably bore you all to death every time I mention it ...... I have a stall at a local produce market three days a week. The things that I usually sell there are all made using my temperamental sewing machine and whatever gorgeous fabric takes my fancy at the time and these things seem to sell quite well but it can sometimes be a bit hit and miss and some weeks are better than others. I have noticed, however, that food items seem to sell particularly well and having recently completed a food hygiene course, I was keen to have a go at producing something delicious and foodie to sell myself. I was thinking of making bread. I bake bread for myself almost every day and although it's time consuming, I was convinced I could make it work so, a couple of weeks ago, I set about having a practice to see how many loaves of bread I could bake in the evening from about 5pm, which is about the time I get back from the market and would be the amount of time I would have available to actually bake the bread on market days. Turns out, there just isn't enough time to bake anywhere near enough bread to supply the market, partly because of timing issues and partly because my oven isn't really big enough to fit more than 2 baking trays in at once so, refusing to be defeated, I was pondering this dilemma while reading my daughters blog, (which is here if you would like to have a look) and I remembered that she had made some focaccia. This was my Eureka moment! I promptly searched the internet for a suitable focaccia recipe and after trying out 3 different recipes, I finally found one that worked for me. Be warned, however, not all focaccia recipes are the same, some of them have a dough that is quite wet and very sticky and you just have to persevere and try not give in to the temptation to add extra flour. In fact, if you have a free standing mixer, I would suggest you make it in that instead of wrestling with a bowl full of uncooperative dough! I don't have one and frankly can't afford one as the one I really, really, REALLY like is £399 and when you consider the car I'm driving at the moment only cost me £350 it kind of puts it into perspective :-)
I made 3 varieties, sundried tomato and feta, rosemary and sea salt and caramelised onion and I took them to the market this week to see how they would sell. I was amazed. Every one of them sold and people even came back and ordered more. I'm now on a mission to find even more delicious varieties to make and I have even found some sweet focaccia recipes which I'm going to try out this week.
Anyway, here is one of the the recipes I tried, in case you want to give it a try. This recipe seems to be less sticky than the rest of them and the one I am now using.
Here is the link to the recipe page is here if you want to have a look at the website.