sour cherries golden raisins water active dry yeast sugar flour salt brown sugar cinnamon cold unsalted butterViewed: 23 - Published at: a year ago
- 2 cups dried sour cherries (about 1/2 pound, available at specialty foods shops)
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 2 cups water
- a 1/4-ounce package (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
- In a bowl combine the cherries, the raisins and the water, let the fruit soak for 10 minutes, or until it is softened, and drain the mixture, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.
- In a small saucepan heat the reserved liquid over low heat until it is lukewarm.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment proof the yeast with the granulated sugar in the warm liquid for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy, add the flour, the salt, 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, the cinnamon, and the butter, and combine the dough well.
- Knead the dough with the dough hook for 2 minutes, or until it is soft and slightly sticky, transfer it to a lightly floured surface, and knead in the fruit mixture, patted dry, until it is incorporated thoroughly.
- Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to an oiled bowl, and turn it to coat it with the oil.
- Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours, or until it is double in bulk.
- The dough may be made up to this point, punched down, and kept, covered and chilled, overnight.
- Let the dough return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe.
- Press the dough evenly into an oiled jelly-roll pan, 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 1 inches, and let it rise, covered loosely, in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it is almost double in bulk.
- Dimple the dough, making 1/4-inch-deep indentations with your fingertips, and sprinkle it with the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar.
- Bake the focaccia in the bottom third of a preheated 400F.
- for 30 to 35 minutes, or until it is golden brown, let it cool in the pan on a rack, and serve it warm or at room temperature.