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  1. #1
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Focaccia and Fougasse

    I was asked to bring bread to a family gathering this afternoon and I
    wanted variety, but not interested in this heat, of all the efforts of
    making really different goodies.

    This was to be informal and outdoors and so I decided on focaccia as
    something that was a good "finger food" sort of bread, with lots of
    flavors, but that could provide the opportunity to change things a bit
    from item to item

    I pretty much used the Baking with Julia recipe from Craig Kominiak
    (ok, you KNOW I played with it, used fresh yeast instead of dry,
    started a pre-ferment a day earlier, yadda yadda....), and the recipe
    and videos about it can be linked to from here:

    http://pragmaticattic.wordpress.com/...%99s-fougasse/

    The point of this, though, is the wonderful opportunity a fine piece
    of bread dough can present one with. With the exact same dough I
    made:

    Focaccia with rosemary
    Focaccia with lots of other fresh herbs (one of my kids hates
    rosemary)
    Fougasse with herbs and garlic
    Fougasse with za'atar, sumac, nigella and kalamata olives
    A sweet and savory "tart" with pears, blueberries, Roquefort cheese,
    pine nuts and brown sugar.

    The shapes varied, the flavors varied, the whole thing was lots of fun
    and you can look at my fun on flicker.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2564880...7624473575626/

  2. #2
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    Boron Elgar wrote:
    > I was asked to bring bread to a family gathering this afternoon



    With the exact same dough I
    > made:
    >
    > Focaccia with rosemary
    > Focaccia with lots of other fresh herbs (one of my kids hates
    > rosemary)
    > Fougasse with herbs and garlic
    > Fougasse with za'atar, sumac, nigella and kalamata olives
    > A sweet and savory "tart" with pears, blueberries, Roquefort cheese,
    > pine nuts and brown sugar.



    They look wonderful. I'll take the focaccia with rosemary, thanks.
    (Perhaps a teeny bit of nice olive oil to dip it in, too?)

    gloria p



  3. #3
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:20:04 -0600, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Boron Elgar wrote:
    >> I was asked to bring bread to a family gathering this afternoon

    >
    >
    > With the exact same dough I
    >> made:
    >>
    >> Focaccia with rosemary
    >> Focaccia with lots of other fresh herbs (one of my kids hates
    >> rosemary)
    >> Fougasse with herbs and garlic
    >> Fougasse with za'atar, sumac, nigella and kalamata olives
    >> A sweet and savory "tart" with pears, blueberries, Roquefort cheese,
    >> pine nuts and brown sugar.

    >
    >
    >They look wonderful. I'll take the focaccia with rosemary, thanks.
    >(Perhaps a teeny bit of nice olive oil to dip it in, too?)
    >
    >gloria p
    >


    Oh, you bet!

    This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83 (they have known each other
    60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).

    A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.

    Boron

  4. #4
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:18:14 -0400, Boron Elgar
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    > re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83


    That is sooo adorable!

    > (they have known each other
    > 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    > the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    > and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    > married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).


    I see a lot of articles these days about second marriages like that -
    HS sweethearts etc. My best wishes to them for a long and happy
    future together!
    >
    > A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    > on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    > bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.


    He would have had company if I was there, you're an awesome baker!

    --
    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  5. #5
    Ophelia Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse



    "Boron Elgar" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:20:04 -0600, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Boron Elgar wrote:
    >>> I was asked to bring bread to a family gathering this afternoon

    >>
    >>
    >> With the exact same dough I
    >>> made:
    >>>
    >>> Focaccia with rosemary
    >>> Focaccia with lots of other fresh herbs (one of my kids hates
    >>> rosemary)
    >>> Fougasse with herbs and garlic
    >>> Fougasse with za'atar, sumac, nigella and kalamata olives
    >>> A sweet and savory "tart" with pears, blueberries, Roquefort cheese,
    >>> pine nuts and brown sugar.

    >>
    >>
    >>They look wonderful. I'll take the focaccia with rosemary, thanks.
    >>(Perhaps a teeny bit of nice olive oil to dip it in, too?)
    >>
    >>gloria p
    >>

    >
    > Oh, you bet!
    >
    > This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    > re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83 (they have known each other
    > 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    > the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    > and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    > married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).
    >
    > A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    > on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    > bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.


    Wonderful)

    Boron
    >


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    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


  6. #6
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:13:02 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:18:14 -0400, Boron Elgar
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    >> re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83

    >
    >That is sooo adorable!
    >
    >> (they have known each other
    >> 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    >> the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    >> and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    >> married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).

    >
    >I see a lot of articles these days about second marriages like that -
    >HS sweethearts etc. My best wishes to them for a long and happy
    >future together!


    Thanks. This is quite a family event and I must say that we are all so
    tickled by it that it is hard to convey.
    >>
    >> A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    >> on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    >> bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.

    >
    >He would have had company if I was there, you're an awesome baker!


    Thanks, again.

    Boron

  7. #7
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 18:24:03 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Boron Elgar" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]. .
    >> On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:20:04 -0600, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Boron Elgar wrote:
    >>>> I was asked to bring bread to a family gathering this afternoon
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> With the exact same dough I
    >>>> made:
    >>>>
    >>>> Focaccia with rosemary
    >>>> Focaccia with lots of other fresh herbs (one of my kids hates
    >>>> rosemary)
    >>>> Fougasse with herbs and garlic
    >>>> Fougasse with za'atar, sumac, nigella and kalamata olives
    >>>> A sweet and savory "tart" with pears, blueberries, Roquefort cheese,
    >>>> pine nuts and brown sugar.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>They look wonderful. I'll take the focaccia with rosemary, thanks.
    >>>(Perhaps a teeny bit of nice olive oil to dip it in, too?)
    >>>
    >>>gloria p
    >>>

    >>
    >> Oh, you bet!
    >>
    >> This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    >> re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83 (they have known each other
    >> 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    >> the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    >> and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    >> married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).
    >>
    >> A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    >> on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    >> bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.

    >
    >Wonderful)
    >
    >Boron
    >>

    >

    Thank you.

    Boron

  8. #8
    Charlotte L. Blackmer Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:
    >On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:13:02 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:18:14 -0400, Boron Elgar
    >><[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    >>> re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83

    >>
    >>That is sooo adorable!
    >>
    >>> (they have known each other
    >>> 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    >>> the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    >>> and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    >>> married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).

    >>
    >>I see a lot of articles these days about second marriages like that -
    >>HS sweethearts etc. My best wishes to them for a long and happy
    >>future together!

    >
    >Thanks. This is quite a family event and I must say that we are all so
    >tickled by it that it is hard to convey.
    >>>
    >>> A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    >>> on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    >>> bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.

    >>
    >>He would have had company if I was there, you're an awesome baker!


    Meeee toooo.

    Kid has good taste! Congratulations all around, and yeah I'm going to be
    trying that recipe soon.

    Charlotte
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    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:47:22 +0000 (UTC), [email protected]
    (Charlotte L. Blackmer) wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>,
    >Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:13:02 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:18:14 -0400, Boron Elgar
    >>><[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    >>>> re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83
    >>>
    >>>That is sooo adorable!
    >>>
    >>>> (they have known each other
    >>>> 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    >>>> the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    >>>> and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    >>>> married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).
    >>>
    >>>I see a lot of articles these days about second marriages like that -
    >>>HS sweethearts etc. My best wishes to them for a long and happy
    >>>future together!

    >>
    >>Thanks. This is quite a family event and I must say that we are all so
    >>tickled by it that it is hard to convey.
    >>>>
    >>>> A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    >>>> on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    >>>> bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.
    >>>
    >>>He would have had company if I was there, you're an awesome baker!

    >
    >Meeee toooo.
    >
    >Kid has good taste! Congratulations all around, and yeah I'm going to be
    >trying that recipe soon.


    Thanks.
    >
    >Charlotte


    The Baking with Julia book, written with the help of Dorrie Greenspan,
    is quite a remarkable collection of recipes. I highly recommend it.

    Boron

  10. #10
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    Boron Elgar wrote:
    > On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:13:02 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:18:14 -0400, Boron Elgar
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> This was taken to an engagement party. My 88 year old FIL is
    >>> re-marrying and his fiance, a blushing 83

    >> That is sooo adorable!
    >>
    >>> (they have known each other
    >>> 60 years and each was widowed along the way), had over both sides of
    >>> the family so the offspring could meet and greet. (She has 4, he has 3
    >>> and though the kids knew each other when they were kids, they are all
    >>> married with kids of their own now and had lost touch over the years).

    >> I see a lot of articles these days about second marriages like that -
    >> HS sweethearts etc. My best wishes to them for a long and happy
    >> future together!

    >
    > Thanks. This is quite a family event and I must say that we are all so
    > tickled by it that it is hard to convey.
    >>> A great time was had by all, and the biggest and wordless compliment
    >>> on the bread came from a 6th grader, who plopped himself next to the
    >>> bread basket and lingered there most of the afternoon.

    >> He would have had company if I was there, you're an awesome baker!

    >
    > Thanks, again.
    >
    > Boron


    That is really nice. My grandfather remarried in his mid-70s, and
    he and his wife had 13 extremely happy years together.

    --
    Jean B.

  11. #11
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Focaccia and Fougasse

    Boron wrote:

    > The Baking with Julia book, written with the help of Dorrie Greenspan,
    > is quite a remarkable collection of recipes. I highly recommend it.


    I second that. If not for the brioche recipe I probably would never have won
    Lin over. The mixed starter bread is fantastic. The focaccia is my "go to"
    focaccia recipe. Really, they're all winners.

    Bob




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