Every once in a while, I have this fantasy.
Now, my fantasy is not overly erotic (sorry); however, since it is my fantasy it gets to be whatever I want it to be. Right?
In this fantasy, I have beautifully organized cupboards.
Everything is rotated on a first in/ first out basis.
Nothing goes to waste (because in this fantasy, I go all Tamar Adler on all those bits and pieces hanging out at least once a week).
So. Not. Happening.
However, this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe did bring me one step closer to Adler-ization.
The recipe was for a fruited focaccia - using a copious amounts of dried cranberries and golden raisins. Since I am in cleaning-out-the-cupboards-so-that-I-don't-have-to-move-it mode, there are no copious amounts of anything hanging out.
Just sad little random piece bags of dried things. A quarter cup of cranberries. A half cup of golden raisins. A few tablespoons of currants. Golden berries - I am not even sure what the heck golden berries even are, but I had almost a cup of them hanging out.
Some of these were still supple; others were a little less so - nothing a long soak in hot water couldn't fix. The soaking water was used as the liquid element in the focaccia dough. Tamar would be so proud (No, not really - I am sure there are no dried up bits of anything hanging out in her cupboards. After all, this is the woman who rinses and reuses lettuce for Pete's sake).
Fortunately, my hiatus from most kitchen activities did not haunt me throughout this recipe and I was able to successfully marry this excess of fruit with a ball of dough. Unlike other focaccia that I have made, the fermentation on this bread happens on the back side (a 24 rest in the refrigerator after the first rise - instead of a pre-ferment).
I have come to appreciate bread projects that can be broken out across a couple of days. While there are some days that I don't mind being tied down to the "will of the dough", there are times when I just don't want the commitment (it's not you, it's me). Sometimes, a girl just needs her freedom and wants bread with benefits...especially warm from the oven with a little butter on top.
At this point in my life, any recipe that pushes me into the dark recesses of my pantry and lets me be flexible with my time is a winner in my book.
This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for fruit focaccia can be found here.