Sunday, November 1, 2009

Schiacciata all' Uva- Grapes Focaccia

Schiacciata refers to flatbread in Tuscany ,what everyone else in Italy calls focaccia. During the wine-grape harvest, in Tuscany we make a not-too-sweet dessert or snack of bread dough and grapes . It's a very old Tuscan recipe ,it is said to be Etruscan, as we seem to have depictions of it on pottery.. Many recipes use fresh grapes, others a mixture of grapes and raisins or grapes and nuts.

Here is our recipe for
Schiacciata all’ Uva
800g flour
100g sugar
20g yeast
1kg small black or white grapes

Sift the flour,add 3 spoons of sugar and the crumbled yeast to warm water with 3 spoons of oil,mixing the dough well. Leave to rise for an hour. Then roll it out into a greased baking pan.The dough must be twice as big as the baking pan and therefore it overflows the sides. Spread on the base half of the grapes, a little sugar and baste with oil. Recover with the extra dough and spread over the remaining grapes, more sugar and oil. Place in the oven at 180° C for about 30 minutes.
Suggestions : Add 200 g walnuts


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