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Cucumber Parsley Focaccia with spicy whipped Butter

Posted by vivnidhi on August 5, 2008

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Parsley & cucumber for bread

Yes, cucumber focaccia. Unusual, but delicious:). Focaccia (pronounced foe-ca-chia) is a popular flatbread which was originally made without a leavening agent but now some small amount of yeast is added to it. More history here.

Did you know that a full refrigerator actually cools more efficiently than an empty one. Here’s a link  that says so and I know it for sure:). 2 pickle cucumbers, for which I even paid more; froze in my fridge cause the refrigerator was full. It had hardly been a day that I bought them and I felt quite sad looking at them. I wanted to eat bread that day and this bread just happened but it tasted really great.

Pickle cucumbers are the normal ones in India but called pickling cucumbers in the USA. This is certainly among the best breads I have baked.

The Recipe:

For the Bread:

  • Cucumber puree 3/4 cup
  • Curly Parsley 1/2 bunch washed and minced (cut really small, I used my small food processor)
  • All Purpose Flour 1 cup
  • Whole wheat flour 1 cup
  • Instant dried yeast 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Honey 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Cumin powder 1 tsp.
  • Oregano 1/4 tsp.
  • Salt 1 tsp.
  • Olive oil 3 Tbsp.

For the whipped Butter:

  • Butter 1/4 cup
  • Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp.
  • lime juice 1 tsp.
  • salt to taste

Peel and puree the cucumber.Do not throw the cucumber water away. Mince the cleaned and dried parsley. Keep cucumber and parsley aside.

In a big bowl, mix the flours together and make a well. In the well add yeast and honey.

Warm the cucumber a little more than lukewarm. Add the warm cucumber and the rest of the ingredients. Knead really well. The dough will be sticky in the beginning but keep working on it. It will dry up and become elastic. Remove the dough, oil the bowl with an extra tsp of oil , place the dough in  the bowl and cover with cling wrap. Keep in a dark draft free place for 1 hour. Let it rise till almost double in size.

Punch the dough after 1 hour. Prepare a round 9″ cake pan by spreading a Tbsp. of butter on it and then adding some dry flour on it. Spread the dough with your finger tips till covers the pan. Brush some olive oil on the top of the dough. Cover with cling wrap and leave it to rise again for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the ready cake pan into the oven and bake for 25-28 minutes till the top of the bread turns golden.

For the spicy butter, whip all the ingredients well. First taste without adding any salt if you are using salted butter and then adjust the salt per your liking.

Extremely fresh tasting and delicious cucumber focaccia is ready:)

Here’s a taste for the eyes:

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Cucumber Parsley Focaccia

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A small bite with spicy whipped Butter

My cucumber parsley focaccia is on its way to image Original Recipe organized by Culinarty .

And, my bread will be well packed for the picnic basket to image Waiter There’s Something in my……….Picnic hosted by Johanna of thepassionatecook. I love the name:)

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9 Responses to “Cucumber Parsley Focaccia with spicy whipped Butter”

  1. bee said

    what a great idea to incorporate cucumber into bread!!! looks fabulous.
    Thank you Bee! Its a great idea when you have a bounty of cukes from the garden.How I wish that I would have fresh cukes from my garden but I think I have my hands full helping two rowdy kids grow!!

  2. Rashmi said

    The focaccia looks lovely..cucumber & parsley is such a unique flavour & the spicy butter..mmmm
    Thank you Rashmi!

  3. That’s a great twist to the regular recipe! Good idea:)
    Thank you Sunshinemom. It indeed turned out to be a great idea, though I wasn’t too sure myself:)

  4. karuna said

    tht is intresting, cucumber….. u turned a regular kheera sandwich into this freshly baked foccacia. tht is very innovative i must say. nice entry.
    Thank you Karuna, I would not have made this, had the cucumber not frozen. But the result was delicious and hence the post. Guess what I did next……….moved the other 2 cucumbers I had to the same spot in the refrigerator; hoping they’d freeze too 🙂

  5. Priti said

    What a nice innovative idea…looking wonderful…
    Thank you Priti

  6. Sukanya said

    Cucumber & Parsley flavored Focaccia bread, so original, the bread and spicy butter look so yum
    They taste great too Sukanya. To me everything needs a spicy kick;)

  7. Lore said

    I’m craving this right now! It’s breakfast time here and I can’t find my cucumber focaccia :(. I’d like to take it off my monitor and take a big bite.
    Btw, I never got your email with the entry info. Could you try send it again, please?

    Hey Lore, You are most welcome to the bread. I had made it for dinner but the leftovers made a fabulous breakfast the next day.
    I have sent you an email today regarding the details. Just got caught up in a lot of “other” stuff and I am one lazy person too….
    ..

  8. johanna said

    i’d never have thought of putting cucumber in my bread – but this looks very delicious! thanks for your contribution to WTSIM!
    I am really glad to be a part of WTSIM Johanna. I would not have thought of putting cucumber in bread but cumin in the dough and spicy butter really makes it! The bread has a very “fresh” taste.

  9. It took a while to get here to thank your for your compliment on my blog and for visiting. But, I am glad I came here. very interesting cucumber recipes. I would have never thought of these.
    Well! The pleasure was all mine browsing through your lovely blog! I am glad you liked what you saw here 🙂

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