11 March 2014

Pushing the Boundaries of Gastronomy

As many of you know, I bake a lot of focaccia for the market. In fact I now bake so much of the stuff that I could probably do it on my sleep, which is great on the one hand because I don't have to do stuff like find the recipe for the list of ingredients because they are now committed to memory but on the other hand, it can be a little dull making the same flavours over and over again. So last week, I decided to experiment with some new flavours. I have been muttering to various people at the market that I wanted to try making some sweet focaccia. Usually, the response is either to laugh uncontrollably or to look at me as if I have finally lost the plot ...... actually, more often than not they do both but, not letting this get in the way of my pioneering spirit, I got out my new favourite toy, my trusty mixer, and made up a batch of focaccia dough. 

Once the dough had been through both the rising and proving stages, I added my flavours.

Number 1 ......... Chopped up Snickers Bars 
Number 2 ......... Chopped up Mars Bars
Number 3 ......... Choped up Cream Eggs

I then added a drizzle of olive oil and a light sprinkling of sea salt and popped them in the oven.

Oh my GOODNESS!!!!! they were delicious. The chocolate bars melted and went slightly chewy in the oven, the olive oil kept everything moist and the sprinkling of sea salt gave them a salted caramel flavour and stopped everything becoming too sickly sweet.

On Friday morning, I set off to the market and after everyone had set up their tables, I nervously got out my sweet focaccia samples for the girls to try. I was a bit apprehensive. Just because I liked them didn't mean that anyone else would but I needn't have worried, everyone loved them ....... all except one old lady who spat it into the bin and hurried out of the market as if I had tried to poison her. 

Well, I guess you can't please everyone.

I remembered to take a photo of the focaccia but by the time I grabbed my camera, there wasn't much left. 


  1. They look great, I hope they take off for you. I have visions now of a little old woman running away!

  2. Hey There, I haven't commented on your blog before, i read you via Bloglovin,fab blog by the way too,so how about sending some my way(Birmingham)!!! only joking....NOT
    Hope you're well
    Best Wishes
    Sue xx

  3. Stop Kay!! I have given up chocolate for Lent! They sound delicious!

  4. Now putting date of next market in diary and cancelling everything else!