And I’m back with a Preserved Lemon recipe! You might remember I preserved lemons in April and wanted to follow up with some ideas on how to use them. I’ve since added them to dishes like rice salad and they really add some great flavor. The lemons are super salty (even after rinsing) which makes me think I might have used too much salt, so something to keep in mind for next time. I got the idea for this Focaccia bread not too long ago. The bakery at my local grocery store makes this and wow, it’s incredible. It’s very flavorful, you can eat it on its own or with pasta or salad. For this recipe I used dried oregano, I wished I had used more so that it would look a little more “herby” for the photos.
Preserved Lemon + Herb Focaccia
2 cups warm water (105°-110°F)
2 teaspoons yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 cups bread flour
Oregano (fresh or dried)
2 preserved lemons, rinsed, rinds chopped
kosher or sea salt for sprinkling over the top
Preheat oven to 425°F
Put the yeast in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook. Pour in the warm water. Add the salt and 2 cups of the flour, mix into a soft and sticky dough. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix well. (The dough will be sticky)
In a large bowl add olive oil, enough to cover interior of bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover the dough with some olive oil. Cover and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
Press out the dough on a well oiled baking sheet. Using your fingers, shape into a rectangle approximately 9”x13”.
Add olive oil to the top of the dough, poking the bread surface and leaving little pools of oil. Do this all over the bread. Don't skimp; this will result in great flavor after the bread is baked.
Top with the preserved lemon and oregano and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden.
Adapted from The View from Great Island