Some friends and I signed up for today’s bread baking class at the culinary center at Whole Foods downtown. I’ve been looking forward to it. The class was hands-on, showing how to make focaccia and ciabatta bread, both of which I LOVE.
I love to bake, and have baked bread before, but never these Italian breads. I enjoyed the class. The instructor taught us several techniques and tips that I can’t wait to try on some of the other breads I’ve made (especially my baguettes – which usually end up with too thick of a crust). We also learned how to make a starter for the dough, and brought that home for the next loaves I’ll make.
I thought it was interesting that you make both breads out of the same dough, just prepared differently — you add lots of olive oil to the focaccia – before and after you bake it, and sprinkle with rosemary and salt.
I had fun, and the breads turned out great! The shot above is a picture of the final product. Yummy!