I am always looking for low-fat and fat-free treats to balance out my richer offerings. This recipe eliminates all the oil and uses apple cider to give the bread a slight sweetness and a tender texture. I used fast rise yeast but you can also use regular yeast and give it extra time to rise. With the fast rise, it makes a great last-minute addition to dinner or brunch.
The main recipe is below and you can top the bread simply with kosher salt and rosemary or other herbs, brandy soaked apples as in the picture, or carmelized onions.
Apple Cider Foccocia
- 1 cup fresh Apple Cider
1 cup water
2 Pkgs Rapid Rise Yeast
4 1/2 to 5 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
Oil or Non-Stick SPray for pans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Warm the water and cider together to 110 to 115 degrees
Add warm water and cider to the yeast in a large bowl or mixer
Stir in flour and salt to make a sticky dough
Knead additional flour into the dough by hand until it is smooth and soft but not sticky
Allow to rise about 20 minutes until doubled in size
Oil or spray two 8″ round baking pans
Pat half of the dough into each pan
Top with your choice of toppings
Bake for about 25 minutes until brown on top. The bread should have a slightly hollow sound when tapped.