Pear, Pecorino, and Thyme Focaccia

Flavours that work baked into a recipe that works. This is going to be the best focaccia experience you've ever had.

Done in 3-5 hours

Tara Maini

Dish by Tara Maini

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.
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Ingredients

Fragrant thyme, juicy pears and salty pecorino, all encased in the ultimate crispy/chewy focaccia.

Method

In a stand mixer, using a hook attachment, on medium speed mix together the flour, water, oil, salt, yeast and sugar until combined. Switch to high and knead until the dough comes away from the bowl.

Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Let rise for 1-2 hours, being sure to fold edges into the center every 30 minutes.

*optional at this point* cover and transfer to the fridge to proof overnight. About 2 hours before baking, remove from the fridge and bring to room temperature. *continue*

Grease a deep baking dish with olive oil. When dough has doubled in size, transfer to the lined and greased baking dish. Gently spread to the edges, but don’t worry as it rests more it will spread out and fill the pan.

Sprinkle over the finely diced pecorino and chopped thyme over top. Cover with cling film and double in size again.

Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Pour 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil on top. Poke your fingers into the dough firmly to create indents. Arrange sliced pears and a few sprigs of thyme.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar and honey, salt, and pepper to taste until smooth. Brush the mixture over the focaccia when hot out of the oven.

Slice and serve with a heavy fine grating of pecorino romano.

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Tara Maini

Tara Maini

Tara has always loved cooking, just ask her siblings. who acted as taste testers for all her creations growing up. As an adult, she trained in restaurants before heading to culinary school, where she mastered the basics of French cooking, baking and pastry – her biggest passion today. She might have fine dining training, but Tara still has simple taste...she’d eat chicken nuggets every day if she could. When she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find Tara try to work out, reading cookbooks and finding new hobbies besides food.

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