What better way to showcase the techno-color and flavor of the season’s freshest ingredients – an array of heirloom tomatoes and zucchinis – than to spread them on the blank canvas of a piece of dough?
(I am excited about my inaugural attempt at the Avid Baker’s Challenge (ABC). Read more about the monthly challenges at ABC.
The August challenge is to make a roasted vegetable focaccia. I’ve made changes to the original King Arthur Flour’s recipe.
These changes are highlighted in red and green in the cheat sheet below, which summarizes my version of the recipe.)
The real challenge for me is to substitute whole-wheat for all-purpose–considering the health and wellness concerns of my family — and still achieve a light and airy character of a typical focaccia. Roasting zucchinis and tomatoes works well, giving them an unexpectedly sweet, rich and juicy texture. I get the crusty bottom I want by baking the focaccia on a preheated baking stone. The earthiness of fresh basil adds the perfect finishing taste. It is also a great way to take advantage of the healthy crop of basil from my herb garden at this time of the year.
The end result was a satisfying, stunning, celebratory dish for the summer’s bounty. The vegetable focaccia coming out from the oven was simply too beautiful to eat! I paused and hesitated for a few seconds before I willed myself to slice it. But there were all smiles around the table. click here
for the pictures.