Recipe: Sweet Rhubarb Focaccia
Makes 1 (9-inch) focaccia
1 ball focaccia dough (see recipe below)
5 ounces thinly sliced rhubarb (about 1½ cups)
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Demerara (raw) sugar
1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, toss rhubarb and sugar. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until fruit releases its juices and sugar dissolves, 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Strain rhubarb juices into a small pot and reserve rhubarb.
3. Simmer juices over moderate heat until thick and syrupy, about three minutes. Pour olive oil into bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Pat dough evenly into pan, leaving a small gap between dough and edges of pan. Dough should be about a half-inch thick.
4. Scatter rhubarb over dough; brush generously with syrup. Sprinkle top with Demerara sugar. Bake until focaccia is golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Makes 3 balls of dough (for 9-inch focaccias)
3¾ teaspoons active dry yeast
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour, more as needed
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1. Place 1½ cups lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees) in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast over it. Let stand until foamy, about five minutes.
2. Stir oil, salt and sugar into yeast mixture. Stir in all-purpose and whole-wheat flour until a soft dough forms. (You may need to add more all-purpose flour.)
3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until it is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, or knead in a stand mixer with a dough hook attached for about five minutes. If using a stand mixer, finish dough by hand, on a floured surface, for one minute. Add more all-purpose flour if dough feels very sticky. (You want damp but not unworkable dough.)
4. Oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat it lightly with oil. Cover bowl with a dish towel. Leave in a warm place until dough has doubled in size, about one hour.
5. Divide dough into three equal-size balls. Tightly wrap in plastic any you are not planning to use right away and freeze. Transfer remaining balls to a baking sheet and cover loosely with a towel. Let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
Melissa Clark, The New York Times