Must Love Pekes is a blog for those who love Pekingese, their looks, their antics, their personalities. It is written by me, Linda, and I have been rescuing Pekingese for 14 years. Lots of them have gone through our home. We have loved them all.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
WHO IS THE CUTEST???/FOCACCIA BREAD
Thank you all for praying for my daughter-- she had her little boy early on September 5. I was at the hospital. He was very early-- 6 weeks, and weighed 5 pounds and was 16.5 inches long. A little one, but he's doing well.
Here we are! Now we have two granddaughters and two grandsons--life is wonderful and blessed! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
When foster moms are busy with Pekes, what do the foster dads do? Well, in my house, my husband is a GREAT bread maker. We do not have a machine-- HE is the bread making machine. Jeanne sent us a recipe for focaccia bread. So, Matt decided to try it. Above is the bread, all ready to go in the oven.
It's in the oven! It has olive oil, crushed garlic (I buy the big jaws at Sam's Club), and tomatoes on it. YUM. If you could only smell it baking! Is your mouth watering yet?
And here it is. It was delicious! I had the bottom quarter to begin with. It went great with the spinach/bean pasta dish I made. I'll include the Focaccia recipe below in case you want to try it. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ And on to "whose puppy/puppies" are the cutest!?
This is Cubbie Woo. He was with me until he stabilized and now he's with Paige. We think he's beautiful, and will be even more so once his chopped off hair grows back, (No, we did not do that!)
This is one of Jeanne's puppies. She thinks they are beautiful-- and they are, I must admit!
Look at those little Peke bottoms!
And what a face-- see the little tongue.
The colors of Colby and Carter are dark and soft and fluffy.
And then, here is Cubbie Woo again. In the pink bed-- doesn't he look comfortable.
No, he isn't in jail-- he's in the xpen. (exercise pen) He's pleading to be released. :-)
You saw this yesterday-- but it had to go on again. So, who do you think is the cutest puppy-- the smartest puppy? Be kind, we foster moms are sensitive. We wants our to be the best. So, how can you answer without hurting our feelings? What do you think of our puppies?? :-) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Focaccia Ingredients:
- Whisk 1/4 cup of water and yeast together in a large bowl to dissolve. Add a pinch sugar. Set aside for at least 5 minutes until the mixture becomes creamy/frothy.
- Add remaining 1 cup warm water and whisk in one cup of flour until smooth.
- Add olive oil and salt. It's important that you do not add these ingredients until this step. If you add them too early, it will kill the yeast.- Add flour, handfuls at a time, until a smooth dough is formed. It's ok if it's still sticky and you can hold it covered in flour.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured table and knead for at least 10 minutes (yes, 10 minutes!..it really makes a difference). When kneading the dough, keep folding over the dough and push away from you with your palms. Your goal is to force the yeast into horizontal and vertical strings which is accomplished by the constant folding/pushing. Do not tear the dough. The dough should push evenly and feel elastic.
- Turn dough into a ball by tucking under the sides constantly while rotating. The dough is ready when it bounces back when indented with your finger. If it doesn't bounce back, continue the kneading process.- Place dough in a large greased bowl.
- Let rise at least 45 minutes in a warm, draft free place (room temp is fine, but I like to preheat my oven to 175 or so, turn it off, and place the dough in there to rise).
- After the dough has risen, you can use it at this point. If you do not wish to use until the next day, you can refrigerate it overnight at this point.
- Prepare baking sheet (or whatever you plan to bake in) for the focaccia by coating liberally with olive oil.
- Punch down the dough and transfer to the baking sheet. Stretch the dough so it covers the bottom. It's ok to be rough and poke holes/dimples. Make a lot of dimples.
- Top with your desired toppings and brush liberally with olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt as well.
- Let the dough rise an additional 10 minutes (longer if a thick focaccia is desired).
- Back in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.