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Focacia Pugliese and Memories of Lecce

By Marialiberati

A few summers ago my visit to this city of Baroque beauty..the town of Lecce in Puglie... and I can still remember the taste of Focaccia simple in its ingredients yet bursting with so much flavor.. surrounded by a city constructed in pale yellow stones..but a city also rich in culinary traditions from the wild herbs and beans but be sure to get a taste of the cake with almond paste made by the sisters of the Monastery of San Giovanni..this is considered one of Italy's finest ....

Focaccia is the true essence of the simplistic but delicious cooking in the South

Focaccia Pugliese
Focacia Pugliese Memories Lecce
Focacia Pugliese and Memories of Lecce

1 pound flour

2 potatoes

4 tablespoons of olive oil

1 cube of yeast, melted in warm water and tablespoon of sugar

pinch salt

For the topping:

10 cherry or grape tomatoes

1 tablespoons of Pitted green olives

extra virgin olive oil

small handful of sea salt


Boil potatoes, while still hot, peel and mash, set aside. Place flour on a wooden board and form a well and place in mashed potatoes,salt, melted yeast. Blend together adding water or more flour as needed till a smooth ball of dough is formed. Cut a cross with a knife into the top of the dough ball and cover with clean kitchen towel, set aside and let rise for 2 hours,should double in volume.

When dough is ready, oil a round pizza pan. Place dough in pan, Place small tomatoes and olives on top, press them into dough. Cover with oregano, salt to taste, drizzle of olive oil. Cook in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve hot. Great with a glass of dry red wine

Focacia Pugliese Memories Lecce
Focacia Pugliese and Memories of Lecce

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