I am baking a lot lately. It helps me relax, all the house gets amazing fragrance and my kids are happy to get warm baked goodies when they come back from school ..
But I know what this means, autumn is here, and I think about my hometown, family and friends.
My hometown is beautiful in the autumn when all the leaves change their colours , and there is morning mist over river. Felling was that strong that I went searching for plain tickets.
This is a season I feel most nostalgic, wanting all of love ones near me .. so I bake, I do what my mum used to do in autumn, somehow that makes closer to them.
275g spelt flour
4g dry yeast
150ml tepid water
25ml olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch vanilla seeds
6 small plums, pitch taken out and cut into 4
1/2 tbs coconut sugar
15ml olive oil
15g pistachio, chopped
25ml maple syrup
In a bowl,mix dry yeast with the water. Add olive oil, honey, salt and vanilla.
Add the flour a little at a time, work it into a dough and knead for about 5 minutes. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave the dough to prove for about 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 220°C
Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Knead and shape into a ball, then flatten with your hands (or rolling pin) to 1cm thick.
Place baking paper into rectangular baking pan and put the focaccias on in. Push plums into dough and sprinkle with coconut sugar and olive oil.
Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Take it out of oven and sprinkle chopped pistachio and maple syrup.