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Friday, July 13, 2012

Dried Fenugreek leaves Focaccia & Cheese Sauce Dip

Focaccia is a flat oven baked Italian bread which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients.It is similar to the pizza dough in style & texture but not considered to be the same.Focaccia dough consists of high gluten flour,oil,water,salt & yeast.It is typically rolled out and pressed by hand, into a thick layer of dough and baked in a stone bottom or hearth oven.They also poke with a knife,make  dents with fingers or with the handle of a utensil to poke the unbaked bread.I tried the focaccia bread for the first time,mine got a bit browned on top as someone was at the door at the time I could remove it from oven and missed the time and removed at 20 minutes but I think 15 or 16 minutes was good enough.Will update new pictures once I bake it again.The bread was flavorful and we had it with cheese sauce.Do check this out !!

for foccacia
whole wheat flour 1 cup
all purpose flour 1/2 cup
active dry yeast 1/2 tsp
sugar 1tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
olive oil 2tbsp
dried fenugreek leaves 2 tbsp
red chilly flakes 1 tbsp
mozarella cheese pieces 8 small cubed pieces
for cheese sauce
butter 1 tbsp
all purpose flour 1 tbsp
milk 1/2 cup
shredded cheese 1/4 cup
black pepper a pinch

for focaccia
- Mix in the yeast,sugar and warm water.Wait till its frothy for 10 minutes.
- Sift the flours ,add salt.Add the yeast mix and knead to form a dough.
- Add 1 tbsp of oil in a bowl and place the dough in it.Leave aside to rise for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour,knead again and leave aside for another half an hour.
- Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil in a tray and place the dough in it.
- Pre heat oven to 450 degrees F.

- Now place each pieces of cubed cheese in it and stretch the dough towards the sides as you place it.
- Add the fenugreek leaves and red chilli flakes on top.Press down slightly.
- Make dents with finger in the dough, form little dimples.Sprinkle with some salt and drizzle or brush olive oil.
- Place & bake in the oven for 16-20 minutes.Remove from oven and serve hot !!

for cheese sauce
- Melt the butter in a pan and stir the flour and mix well without lumps.
- Using the whisk ,add the milk little by little and mix well,let it thicken.
- After you get a smooth sauce,Continue to whisk the sauce on low medium heat.
- Add the shredded cheese 2 tbsp at a time and stir until incorporated.
- Remove from heat and whisk in salt & pepper.

Servings~ 1 loaf & a small bowl of sauce

* Keep a watch at the focaccia baking time after 15 minutes.
* You can modify with other herbs and spices.Also,you can increase the amount of red chilli flakes.I reduced it to keep it mildly spiced(just to feed my kids).

Sending this to EP Series-Fenugreek leaves or Green chillies hosted by Kaveri @ Palakkad Chamayal  ,I love Baking # 6 hosted by Radhika @ Tickling Palates


R.Punitha said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie ,

looks fantastic :)))

and tastes also delicious !!!!

Nice way of presentation Julie:)

Keep on Dear...

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Both foccacia and the cheese dip looks awesome, lovely combo for a prefect filling dinner.

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

very crisp and mouthwatering. Perfect presentation.

Swathi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious foccacia with fenugreeks and cheese . I love homemade bread a lot.

Kavitha said... Best Blogger Tips

love it Julie.....delicious looking foccacia with cheesy dip :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks interesting!! But never tried it before.. Like to taste sometimes.Bookmarked..

Shylaja said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks delicious

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

The bread looks so soft and inviting! love the idea of a cheese sauce with it!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.. mouthwatery dish.. looks perfect..

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Super yummy foccacia Julie...Yum!

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww, yummy preparation! Wanna try this one Julie..


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Beena said... Best Blogger Tips


Swetha Sree said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been wanting to make focaccia for a long time now, never got to do it. Happy to see his here :).

Looks so tempting.

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely bake Julie...The cheese sauce sounds yummy!
Thanks for linking dear.

sojo said... Best Blogger Tips

adipoli aayittunde....

Srividhya Ravikumar said... Best Blogger Tips

love the flavour...

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

wow nice lovely yummy bread!

Spice up the Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

I made foccacia few weeks ago but i was not satisfied with results. I have to make it again now after seeing this post

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Both the bread and the dip look inviting. Lovely.

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Simply awesome, tempting & delicious bread. Great work, dear!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great fusion dish..dip or no dip...the bread itself would be a treat..

Az said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very flavorful! Never tried it before.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks absolutely tempting... cheese sauce ennu vayichapozhe vellam vannu... and bread looks great.. who cares abt little brown on top

Familycook said... Best Blogger Tips

This is something new for me and looks absolutely delicious.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply awesome, love the Indian flavor, shud have smelled heavenly..

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been seeing this bread for sometime now in few tempted to try this one now ..

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious focaccia..perfect..

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Ganga Sreekanth said... Best Blogger Tips

new to me julie....very delicious ad healthy

Charu Srivastava said... Best Blogger Tips

yummm...focaccia is my fav !!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

That's a great attempt dear - looks delicious!

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely and refreshing smoothie. Wonderfully prepared. I have become your fan

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Great addition of fenugreek leaves to foccacia... I bake regular bread with fenugreek and love it...

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow these pics are great. Love the cheese sauce too.

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

That's definitely a wowzer! Way to go Julie!!