Featured in The Folk School Cookbook this lovely Fruit Focaccia is a bright and delightful surprise during the cold days of winter.
Makes two 12-inch focaccia
An invention from one of the wood-fired baking classes held at the Folk School. It can utilize leftover pizza dough if you plan accordingly. Make sure to read this recipe completely before starting.
The night before serving prepare one recipe of Pizza Dough (page 153) adding an extra:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup whole wheat flour for unbleached all-purpose flour
Cut the chilled, risen dough into 2 pieces and shape into balls. Allow the balls to rest for 20 minutes.
Stretch and shape one ball of dough into a 12-inch round and place on a pizza pan.
Arrange on the dough in concentric circles:
2 cups red grapes
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup canned sour cherries, drained (frozen is fine)
Sprinkle the dough with:
¼ cup demerara or other coarse sugar*
1 tablespoon olive oil
Allow to rest and rise while preheating oven to 450˚F.
When the oven is hot bake the focaccia until golden and crisp, 10–15 minutes.
Repeat with the second ball of dough.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
*Other toppings can include fresh or dried figs, rum or tea soaked raisins, fresh rosemary, and blue or goat cheese.
Header photo by Steve Newton
Recipe featured above appears in The Folk School Cookbook by Nanette Davidson; Cookbook photography by Keather Gougler, unless otherwise noted. Illustrations by Sara Boggs.
The Folk School Cookbook:
A Collection of Seasonal Favorites
Arranged by the seasons, the 336-page hardcover book features Southern Appalachian cooking as well as cuisine from other parts of the world—especially those that have helped to shape the history of the school. Folk School regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, Appalachian classics, and treats made for holidays and special events.
Nanette Davidson, cookbook author and former Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated over 200 recipes including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall over the decades.
Between the beautiful photography, illustrations, stories, and the delectable recipes, you’ll be tempted to come to Brasstown for a visit. We hope you will! In the meantime, cook up a taste of John C. Campbell Folk School at home and share it with friends and family.
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