Grape & Rosemary Focaccia
3/4 cup warm water (105° to 110°F)
2 Tbsp milk, slightly warmed
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups Sovereign Coronation grapes, seeded and halved
1 tsp fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp raw or coarse sugar
2 tsp coarse sea salt
In the bowl, stir together the warm water, slightly warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let this mixture sit until it becomes foamy (about 10 minutes).
After the mixture becomes foamy, in the same bowl, add the flour, salt and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and mix well on low. If you are using an electric mixer you can attach the dough hook, crank up the speed to medium-low and knead the dough for 8 minutes longer.
Next, brush a large bowl with a good amount of olive oil. Put the dough into the bowl and brush the top of it with more oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a cool place until it doubles in bulk, 1.5 – 2 hours.
Press the dough down with a floured hand. Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and divide it into two balls. Brush a large baking sheet (or two small ones) with olive oil, place the dough balls on it and brush the top with again, more oil. Set it aside for about 20 minutes, lightly covered with a kitchen towel.
After 20 minutes, dip your fingers in olive oil and press and stretch each ball of dough into an 8 to 9-inch circle-ish/square-ish shape. Cover again with the towel and let it rise for another 1 1/4 hours in a cool place.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Brush tops of dough with the rest of the olive oil and sprinkle the grapes, rosemary, coarse sugar and coarse sea salt evenly over the dough (you can push the grapes lightly into the dough so they are not just resting on top).
Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and puffed around edges. Let cool before serving.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: You can use a bought focaccia bread or a bought pizza dough instead of making your own.
Note: I like to omit the sugar and sprinkle on a little bit of goat's cheese.
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