Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Apricot and Cherry Focaccia For #BreadBakers

It is June and it is time for yet another edition of #BreadBakers! This month's theme is Stone Fruit and a special thanks to this month's hostess Mirelle from Schizo Chef for selecting this theme. In the summer months, there are few things as comforting as the stone fruits and all the delicious things that are made from them. 

When I read the theme, I was not sure that I completely understood what kind of bread to make for this month. On searching on WikipediaI realized that a stone fruit, also called a drupe, is a fruit with a large stone or seed inside. While the fruits in the list are countless, peaches, plums, apricots, mangoes and cherries are the most common. Given the summer season and mangoes all around, I thought I would make a mango based bread. 

However, in the last weekend we went to Brentwood for Cherry picking. Not only did we pick 4 pounds of cherries, but also 4 pounds of peaches and apricots. So I decided to make this focaccia, full of summer flavors. While the dough for the bread is similar to the dough of classic focaccia, there is just one change; I added sugar instead of salt to make a fruity, sweet bread that is perfect for summer picnics and family breakfasts. Just sprinkle some sugar on top or add a dash of cream cheese and enjoy this bread whenever you want!

Allpurpose Flour/Maida 3 cups
Rapid rise Dry Yeast 1 sachet (2 1/4 tsp)
Olive Oil 3 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp
Pitted Cherries and Apricots
Warm Water 1 cup (100-110 F)
Butter 1 tsp

In a cup of warm water, add yeast, sugar and 1 tsp salt. Let the mixture stand for ten minutes till it foams. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, 2 tbsp Olive Oil and sugar. Pour the frothy yeast mixture into this mixture and make a soft dough. Add little water if required and knead well. The mixture may be sticky at first, knead it well till it converts to a soft dough.  Apply oil over the dough and place it in a large bowl, cover it with a moist cloth and let stand for 45 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 400 F/ 200 C. After 45 minutes, the dough will be almost double it's size. Punch down the dough and knead it for 5 more minutes. Now spread some oil on a cast iron baking pan (or cookie pan if you like). Spread the dough to cover the entire pan. Press down sliced apricots and cherries. Let the tray rest for 30-35 minutes and then place in the preheated oven. This is how it looked just before baking:

Bake for 12-15 minutes or till the crust turns golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or cold with tea, coffee or milk. The focaccia tastes great with butter, cream cheese or whipped cream too. This focaccia is perfect for picnics too. 

    #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here.  Links are also updated after each event on the BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

    If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to Stacy @ foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.

    Here is what all of us came up with, for the Stone Fruit Breads event:


    1. Your focaccia is beautiful and what a wonderful bread to start the day with.

    2. Wow....that is an absolutely gorgeous bread!!

    3. That is so gorgeous!!! What a lovely bread!

    4. What a beautiful focaccia! And I love that you used a combination of stone fruit! : )

    5. I love baking bread in cast iron and your focaccia looks beautifully done!

    6. Loved the rustic pan , Smruti ! and the flavours here ! thats a delicious treat for the eyes & palate :)

    7. Looks delicious, beautiful colours!
      Pam - www.thebreadshebakes.com

    8. Wow Smruti, I seriously got goosebumps going through your pictures. Your Apricot and Cherry Focaccia is simply perfect! <3

    9. Lovely motion shot smruti . Focaccia was so colourful with stone fruits.......

    10. I've never though to make a sweet focaccia before, now I've seen yours it's definitely on my bake list. I shall use your recipe for inspiration, it looks wonderful. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

    11. What a beautiful bread! And your photos look so tempting I just want to reach in and grab piece. Really lovely.

    12. OMG! delicious fruity focaccia, love it.

    13. Smruthi, that is one stunning fruit topped focaccia. Looks absolutely delicious.

    14. this must have tasted awesome with fresh picked summer fruit - I havent been yet this season - this bread looks so colorful and inviting - must have tasted awesome