You can tell its a good recipe if I’ve failed to manage to get a picture of the complete product before the tribe have dived in & eaten most of it. You can even just about see Littler moving in for more in the picture …
We love Innocent – we love their products, their ethos and the fact they sent us a new cookbook out of the blue just when we were hitting a food rut.
I love reading cook books but the proof of the pudding is in how the actual recipes turn out. Nigella is not great on having receipes that don’t need a bit of tweaking – come on it must be bad if even Mr has noticed.
So we gave Hungry? The innocent recipe book for filling your family with good stuff a go – its fun, its got lots of foody but not cooking fun things in it. Its like Innocent all over, fun, quirky and enjoyable.
We tried it out making their foccacia and its yummy – I love making bread and this is a lovely bread so lovely I’ve done it a couple of times since and its disappeared each time.
Innocent’s tomato & thyme focaccia
1x 7g sachet of dried yeast
1 tsp runny honey
500g strong white bread flour
pinch of salt (don’t forget this, it makes a big difference)
2 handfuls cherry tomatoes
2 garlic gloves, peeled & sliced
small bunch of roughly chopped thyme
dash of olive oil
Fill a jug with 250ml tepid water (warm enough you can pop a finger in it without crying – if its too hot the yeast will die and not be able to work its magic).
Pop the yeast and honey into the warm water and wait for it to start bubbling away and giving off a great yeasty smell.
Meanwhile pop the flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Pop the salt into the yeast mixture and then pour into the middle of the flour and use a knife* to bring it together. Once the dough has come together move it onto a clean surface and knead for 5 minutes or until its a super smooth elastic dough. It needs to be slightly wetter than the average dough so knead with wet hands on a slightly wet board (this is supposed to help it not stick… I’m not convinced but went for a floury board plus wetish hands thing).
Leave to rise for 40 minutes (to get it to rise well it needs to be not too hot and not too cold and slightly damp – if its too hot it gets a crust on it that stops it rising properly, if its too cold the yeast won’t do its magic)
Meanwhile squish the tomatoes into a bowl with your hands, pop in the garlic and thyme plus the slug of olive oil and leave to mush together.
Once the dough has risen put it into an oiled baking tray (or use bake-o-glide) and pull into an A4ish sized rectangle or a bit bigger if you can using your hands. Leave to rise for another 40ish minutes.
Drain any excess juices from the tomato-y mix and scatter over the dough, get a small excitable person to poke holes in the dough with their fingers and mush the tomato-y stuff into the holes.
Leave the dough to rise for another 40 minutes and then pop in a hot oven (220 degrees C or a top Aga oven) and bake for about half an hour until its puffed up and golden.
And then try and take a photo before your family dig in…
*most people use a fork but its a family thing, we use a knife to bring dough together
Innocent sent me a copy of Hungry and a teatowel but didn’t ask me to post a review – I’ve reviewed the book because I think its lovely, just like Innocent.
Hungry is available from Amazon for £10.99