Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chef Chuck's Grape Focaccia



Schiacciata Con Uva Passa


A focaccia like no other with grapes and Marsala soaked raisins, it's so delicious. A great breakfast bread, so sweet and delightful. A Tuscan favorite, made during the grape harvest.
Black or red grapes are usually used but any sweet grape will make this recipe a hit.


Grape Focaccia
3 ounces raisins
1/3 cup Marsala wine
1 tablespoon honey
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 1/4 cup grapes
1 egg white
olive oil


Soak raisins, honey and Marsala in a small bowl, set aside. In a small pot heat milk to about 110 degrees, pour in a bowl sprinkle yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar and mix gently. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes to activate. If the yeast is not active (bubbly) the temperature of the milk was probably not correct, try again. In a mixer add flour, 1/3 cup sugar and the salt, mix. Add yeast mixture and mix, if too sticky add more flour. Transfer to a floured board, knead for a few minutes adding flour as needed. Place in a large bowl coated with olive oil cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, place in a warm area. Let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double in size. Drain the raisins and pat dry. Punch down dough divide in half and form two round disc about 8 inches each. Use a baking sheet, coat with olive oil, and place one round dough down then half the grapes and raisins. Put the other dough on top and use remaining grapes and raisins. Cover and let rise 1 more hour. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle the remaining sugar on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

16 comments:

  1. I've eaten this in Italy and always wanted to try making one at home. Thanks for the recipe Chuck. It looks great.

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  2. Hi Ciao Chow Linda, I am glad you like! Thank You

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  3. I had something similar once and keep forgetting about it, of course not being the baker kind of cook, yours looks so much nicer than what might come out of my oven, lol!

    Bella! bella!

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  4. Hello Chef E, Thank you and enjoy! Chef Chuck

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  5. Hello Chuck!

    Brussels calling! Your grape stuffed foccacio looks stunning!! Excellent !!!

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  6. Hi Sophie from Brussels!! Sweet as can be~~
    Thank you

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  7. This looks fabulous! I've never had it ... must add it to my list. :-)

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  8. wow, I love that you've done this with grapes!

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  9. Hi Cherrye at Bella Vita, You must try, Thank you for your comment!

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  10. Hi Ash, The sweeter the better! Thank You:)

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  11. So different! I love my Oat Nut Scones, but you definitely got a better deal in the trade!

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  12. Hello Garlic Girl, The trade is on!! Thank You

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  13. Oh wow, this is very impressive, Chef. I love a good focaccia but have never tried it with grapes. Yum!

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  14. Hello Bridgett, How sweet it is~~~ Enjoy :)
    Thank you!

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  15. Lovely! I do love focaccia and have been wanting to make a grape one. Love the marsala soaked raisins in this!

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  16. Hello Natashya KitchenPuppies, So glad your also a Focaccia lover~~ Thank you for your comment!

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