Focaccia with Olives

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It seems like it has been forever since I have done a Daring Baker’s challenge.  I am fixing that this month!

For the month of April Rachael of pizzarossa and Sawsan of Chef in Disguise took us on a trip to Italy. They challenged us to try our hands at making focaccia from scratch.

I know I have made focaccia before and I am in no way, shape, or form abandoning that recipe. It is truly delicious.

But so is this one!  Though a little more work.  It has a potato in it!  I am not sure why I found that such a fun element of this bread.  I have made potato bread before but this one is not heavy at all.  And it has a potato in it!

This focaccia is soft and so flavorful and then you get to the olives and just mmmmm.  Earlier this month I was really craving salty things and let me tell you, this bread was the perfect answer to that craving!  Perfect!

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Zuppa alla Pavese (Bread Soup from Pavia)

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You may have noticed that March was a little sparse in posts.  I am hoping April will be better, but I have been having some health issues since the end of February.  I’m still undergoing a lot of testing, and a lot of the really scary things have been ruled, out so that is always a plus, but I don’t have any answers yet.

I have, however, been attempting to keep a Low FOD-MAP diet and, unfortunately, have had no appetite for quite some time.  This is not a good development when you run a food blog!

But a silver lining in all of this may be my discovery of this soup.  This is, hands down, the best thing I have found to eat when you have a stomachache and no appetite and really aren’t that into the idea of food anyway.

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Fig and Raisin Bread (Pan Con I Fichi Secchi E Le Uvette)

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Some years, Easter and my sister’s birthday coincide.  This was one of those years. My brother, who is a middle school teacher in New Orleans, had his school spring break also line up perfectly this year.  So everyone came home to my mom’s.  This is the first time since last May that I have seen my brother and it’s been even longer since all three siblings were together.  It’s funny how quickly we all revert to our younger selves.

This family gathering also gave my mom the excuse to cook!  She has a new (and amazing and beautiful and I really want to make so many things in it) cookbook: My Tuscan Kitchen.

She made me this bread, and it is delicious! It sweet but not too sweet, and soft with chewy fig bits and just really good.

I will be making this one at my house for sure, though I would not recommend this as your first bread.  I would recommend tackling this one first.

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