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Garlic Grasshopper Focaccia – With Feta and tomatoes

 

Ingredients

500g strong bread flour , plus extra for dusting
7g dried fast action yeast
1 tsp table salt
2 tsp caster sugar
350ml lukewarm water
120ml extra virgin olive oil
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp mixed herbs
10g bag of Grasshoppers
Cubed feta cheese
Plum or cherry tomatoes

 

Method

  • Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl. Pour the yeast into one side of the flour, the salt into the other side and finally the sugar into another side. Then mix everything together, this initial separation prevents the salt from killing the yeast.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour and add 3 tbsp of your oil mixture (avoiding the crickets) and 350-400ml lukewarm water, adding it gradually until you have a sticky dough (you may not need all the water).
  • Sprinkle the work surface with flour and tip the dough onto it, scraping around the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5 mins until your dough is soft and slightly less sticky (it will still be quite a wet dough however compared to other bread recipes).
  • Put the dough into a floured or oiled clean bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hr until doubled in size.
  • Oil a rectangle, shallow tin. Tip the dough onto the work surface, then stretch it to fill the tin. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for another 35-45 mins.
  • Whilst waiting, measure out your oil in a jug or bowl and add the crushed garlic, herbs and grasshoppers to infuse the flavours.
    Set aside for now.
  • Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Press your fingers into the dough to make dimples. Get your oil mixture and drizzle over the bread including the grasshoppers. You can add other flavors at this point also, I decided to go with plum tomatoes, feta cheese and chili flakes.
    Make sure you cover any extra ingredients with a dash of your oil mixture too.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins or until golden. Whilst the bread is still hot, drizzle over 1-2 tbsp olive oil.
    Add some fresh herbs for a bit of colour.

    Please let me know how you get on... what ingredients did you choose?

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