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Ingredients

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For The Dough :
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp cold water
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup virgin olive oil (plus extra)
For The Filling :
12 ounces crescenza cheese (in small clumps)

Focaccia di Recco

Features:
  • Veg
Cuisine:
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • For The Dough :

  • For The Filling :

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Focaccia di Recco is named after the town Recco in Ligurian Riviera di Levante. This dish was invented and consumed greatly by the Italians due to its easily available ingredients. Today, it makes a great snack along with tea and coffee.

Health Benefits:

Focaccia di Recco is a very lightweight snack that gives a feeling of full stomach and helps with reducing appetite. The heavy dose of Crescenza cheese provides tons of protein that our body requires for building cell structures.

Focaccia di Recco also contains vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and plenty of calcium, which is essential for maintaining good health.

Following is the nutritional chart of Focaccia di Recco per servings:

Energy                  177 cal

Protein                 5.2 g

Carbohydrates  35.8 g

Fat                         1 g

Saturated Fats  0.4 g

Fiber                     1.3 g

Sodium                84 mg

Cholesterol        2 mg

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How to Make Focaccia di Recco

  1. Begin by preheating the oven at 450°
  2. Prepare a 15*2 inch pan by greasing it with olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients of the dough and mix until you have a ball. Knead until it is smooth and soft. Cover and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough in two parts and using a rolling pin, roll each one into 16-inch round.
  5. Use one of the dough rounds to line the base of the prepared baking pan. Let the excess amount hang out over the edges.
  6. Now fill the dough lined pan with the crescenza cheese. Make sure it is evenly spread and not over the top.
  7. Use the second round sheet of dough to cover the pan. Seal the edges and trim off the excess dough hanging our over the edges.
  8. Using a fork, or toothpicks make small holes on the dough to allow steam to escape during baking.
  9. Brush the top of the Focaccia di Recco using olive oil and season with salt.
  10. Place the pan in the preheated oven and allow it to bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is puffed and golden brown in color.
  11. Remove from oven and allow it to cool down for a few minutes before cutting it into wedges.
  12. Serve warm.

Trivia:

  • The filling of Focaccia di Recco contains crescenza or stracchino which comes from a word “stacca” meaning tired. It refers to the milk of tired cows from the alpine pastures in autumn. Their milk has a very distinct taste to it and is richer in fat.
  • Focaccia di Recco is actually a dish that was invented for eating during the hard times of the third crusade.

In late 18th century, Focaccia di Recco began to be offered as a special dish in many restaurants to celebrate the Day of the Dead on November 1st.

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