Lavender-Sour Cherry (bread machine) Focaccia

Focaccia with lavender and sour-cherries (I think you can click on the picture to go to the movie I made for this bread)

Lavender-Sour Cherry Focaccia for a 1.5 lb bread machine loaf

Dry:

  • 4 teaspoons dry  yeast
  • 2 cups whole  wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached  bread flour
  • 1.5 Tablespoons  dry milk powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons sea  salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon  lavender buds

Wet:

  • 1.25 (1 and 1/4)  cups warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons  Olive Oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons  honey

Toppings

  • 2 cups sour  cherries (or whatever you have)
  • 1 Tablespoon  (organic) sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lavender  buds (fresh or dry, use the same amount)
  • 2 Tablespoons  oil for infused lavender oil

Add the wet and dry ingredients to your machine in the order the  manufacture calls for. Set the control for manual.

Toss the cherries with the sugar (probably just before using  them on the bread)

In a small bowl mix the Tablespoon of lavender and the 2nd 2  Tablespoons of oil together. You may choose to heat this in the microwave for
30 seconds to speed the infusion process. Set aside.

To finish:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. The bread will bake on the bottom  3rd of the oven–adjust a rack.

note you may proof the bread once after it is removed from your  machine. I like to do this with whole wheat but not with white.

Generously oil a baking sheet. You can use some of the infused  oil.

With your fingers, press out the focaccia. (does not need to  proof/rise once it is in the pan)

With a pastry brush generously oil the top of the bread with the  infused oil.

If you have not already, toss the cherries with the sugar.  Alternately you can sprinkle the sugar on top of the cherries
and bread.

Press the cherries into the bread.

Note; for this focaccia you do not need to dimple the dough,  pressing the cherries will accomplish that for you.

Bake 20 minutes at 425. Remove from the sheet to a cooling rack  right away. Enjoy hot or cold.

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