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 Focaccia (pronounced foe-ca-chia) is a popular flatbread which was originally made without a leavening agent but now some small amount of yeast is added to it.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.
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:
Cucumber Parsley Focaccia
A small bite with spicy whipped Butter