Trying to get it together for this month’s Daring Bakers challenge was really hard. I kept having it all planned out and then something would get in my way, not the least of which was our big power outage.
So the days kept passing me by until this past weekend when I got home on Saturday night from some drinks out and I realized that I hadn’t done it yet and had less then 48 hours. So I made a rash and slightly drunken decision – to do it immediately. Around 5:30am after making the mashed potatoes and kneading the dough I put it into the fridge and retarded the dough overnight – or early in the morning depending on how you look at it. But I was able to go to bed confident in the fact that I would be able to make the deadline!
I made the loaf which was fine, but the real winner was the focaccia. I decided to make focaccia because I am such a sucker for it – and I think this may be the best recipe I have ever made. It is tied with this one. I kept it really simple with rock salt, rosemary and olive oil. One of the things I really liked about it was how quick it was to make. The next time I am making mashed potatoes I fully intend to just make some extra and use it to throw this dough together.
I have kneaded some wet doughs before but this was pretty challenging, I managed to keep it pretty wet but then it was quite difficult getting it into the loaf pan. The sandwhich loaf also turned out pretty good. For the recipe check out Tanna from My Kitchen in Half Cups‘s post. She was the one who set the challenge this month – a great pick!