If you’ve seen my previous posts from the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the show Unique Eats. The show goes around the States and highlights unique foods from various restaurants. I’m not ashamed to admit that I get a lot of inspiration from the show, including this fruit focaccia. This breakfast pastry is from SoNo Bakery in New York; a savory bread turned sweet with the addition of fruit. When I looked at the recipe, I realized that the fruit was actually dried fruit rather than fresh. I imagined focaccia studded with beautiful berries, so I took my focaccia recipe and turned it into a sweet version with fresh fruit. Just what I was looking for!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
I’ve prepared focaccia before but this recipe is a bit different in that the bread is a sweet variation. The dough itself doesn’t have much sugar, only a small amount to activate the yeast. The sweetness comes when you are sprinkling coarse sugar right before baking. Hence from that, you can asses that this is not an overly sweet pastry.
When preparing the dough, you may need to adjust the amount of water depending on the temperature of your house. If the dough appears dry, add 1 tbsp of water at a time after the initial amount until the dough comes together.
The secret to making this focaccia light and airy is to let it rise two times. Make sure to cover the dough while rising to prevent it from developing skin and drying out.
Make indentations in the dough after the second rise using your fingertips. If the dough is a bit sticky, dip your fingers in oil to prevent them from sticking.
When adding the fruit, add a liberal amount since the bread will rise and spread in the oven. If you want sweeter focaccia, sprinkle more sugar. I chose raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries but peaches, strawberries, figs, and nectarines would all work beautifully.
Shortly after it’s baked, the fruit focaccia is ready to be devoured! Not only are these pastries beautiful to look at, but they’re also delicious too. Not too sweet with a slight savory element from the rosemary, the fruit focaccia is great when served warm. My favorite part? The caramelized sugar that drips to the bottom of the pastries – just too good!
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