Concord Grape Focaccia

  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
2 1/2 teaspoons (1 pkg) instant dry yeast
3 tablespoons dry red wine
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup tepid water (just above body temperature)
2 1/2 to 3 cups Italian "00" flour OR 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 to 1 1/2 cups pastry flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Concord or wine grapes
1/3 cup Turbinado sugar

Stir together yeast, wine, honey, and warm water in a large bowl. Stir in 1 cup flour (mixture will be lumpy).

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in draft-free place about 40 minutes, until doubled in size.

Add 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 cups flour, and salt and stir until a sticky dough forms.

Knead dough on a floured work surface; gradually adding up to 1/2 cup more flour if necessary to keep dough from sticking, until dough is smooth and elastic but still soft, 8 to 10 minutes.

Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise an hour, until doubled in size.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a moment. Cut dough in half and roll out 1 piece of dough (keeping remaining piece covered) to a rectangle 9-x-13-inches.

Transfer dough to a lightly oiled 9-x-13-inch pan and sprinkle with half of the grapes and sugar. Roll out second piece of dough to same size and cover grapes. Spread remaining grapes on top of dough and gently press in.

Sprinkle with sugar and cover with a tea towel to rest 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200°C and bake focaccia until richly golden, about 40 minutes. While still warm, brush with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.

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