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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Kolaches

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The September Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Lucie from ChezLucie. She challenged us to make a true Czech treat –Kolaches!

I switched mine up a bit and gave it a Autumn flavor twist.  Instead of the traditional quark (cheese)  filling I made a pastry cream flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.  Then I switched the plum jam for apricot and added a few more spices there as well.  They came out delicious, if not the prettiest thing I have ever made.  I would definitely make the bigger pastries next time.  I was ambitious in making all the small ones but I think I would have found the bigger option easier to work with.

Still very tasty though, and that’s really the most important part.

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