Strawberry season down here in Texas wrapped up long ago, and while we try to eat as locally as possible, our family can’t resist grabbing boxes and boxes of organic berries at the grocery store.
My son can eat a whole box himself if left to his own devices, but I always try to hold some back in order to create a recipe.
Despite the heat, lately I’ve been feeling the need to bake bread, and I wanted to try a version with sweet fruit. Right now we’re still getting local blackberries (also called dewberries), and they really pack a punch in flavor, especially when paired with other berries. I decided to go ahead and make a focaccia, or as my son called it, “fruit pizza”.
Focaccia is a great project for kids. Their little fingers are perfect for shaping the dough, and because it has few ingredients you don’t need to fret about an overturned bowl or mismeasurement – just start over.
This focaccia version is made summery with the addition of berries and goat cheese, and works well for an appetizer, as dessert, or even for a leftovers breakfast the next day. It will make you think twice about avoiding that oven in the summer.
|Strawberry, Blackberry, and Goat Cheese Focaccia|| |
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup diced strawberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries (halved if they are large)
- 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
- Honey or balsamic vinegar, optional
- Mix together flour, yeast, and salt. Stir in olive oil and water until a cohesive dough begins to form.
- On a floured surface, knead dough until smooth, then place into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled, about 90 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place dough on floured surface and, using your knuckles, press down to deflate the dough and form a rough 10-inch circle.
- Transfer dough to baking sheet, reform if needed, and scatter berries and goat cheese over the top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Drizzle with honey or balsamic vinegar before serving, if desired.
What are you baking with your berry crop?