Monday, November 02, 2009

Dimpled Mirabelle Plum Focaccia with Lemon Poppy Seed Butter

Mirabelles Lemon Poppy Seed Foccacia (02) by MeetaK 

There are certain times in my life when I feel like I need to break free. Free from the usual. Beak away from what I do everyday. Don’t get me wrong – I love my life – especially where I am today. I have everything I could desire and am happy – right down to the core. I am a Gemini you see, and every now and then my terrible twin comes out of the hiding and asks “What if …?”

And leaves me wondering. Sometimes I get so contemplative about that what if that I get lost in a make believe world and it can take days for me to come out.

This weekend when I was in Frankfurt watching A-HA in concert and enjoying every moment of it, I came away wistful and contemplating that “What if” seriously. See I saw A-HA for the first time at 15. I was the typical teenage fan, screaming and swooning over Morten Harket. Today I am 37 and after over 20 years I came away thinking “you’ve come a long way true but what if I took another path in life. Where would I be?”

As my girlfriends and I waited with glasses of champagne in our hands, for Mags, Morten and Pal to come on stage I looked out into the hall and realized there weren’t any screaming teenagers there but those teenagers had grown up and were all sitting here. Some had streaks of gray in there once dark hair, others fine lines under there once gleaming eyes. Which path did they take? Are they all that they wanted to be? Mirabelles (01) by MeetaK

Finally when Morten, Mags and Pal came out and began the concert with “The Sun Always Shines on TV” I remembered the exact moment the first time I heard the song so many years ago and could not help but smile. Morten’s crystal clear and husky voice still gave me those goosebumps – but this time the goosebumps were intermingled with years of experience and memories. I think I experienced this concert so much more intensively - with all my senses.

Mirabelles-2009-(01) by MeetaK 

I am a bit of a wild one – always have been. I’ve learned how to tame it as I’ve gotten older but it’s very much a prominent streak in my character. Those who are my friends love me for it while those who are not hate me for it. It’s gotten me into trouble a few times but mostly it’s made me break loose from the conventional. While I do watch my decorum, I do not hesitate to do the unexpected. We live only once and if shouting “Morten I love!” at the age of 37 and getting the whole hall to cheer and clap was what I thought was cool I did it. After all in return he did say “Thanks, love you too!”

I spent most of Sunday thinking of my past and asking myself “So, would you do it all over again?”

I’d probably change a few things – do a few things I never got a chance to do and not do other things I did - but would want the same results. I’d want to be exactly here where I am today. With Tom and Soeren. And with Morten and the songs from A-HA escorting me through it all.

Mirabelles Lemon Poppy Seed Foccacia (01) by MeetaK 

This focaccia is perfect for the daydreamers in us. Yeasty dough dimpled with sweet mirabelle plums and laced with a lemon and poppy seed butter – a heavenly combination.

Dimpled Mirabelle Plum Focaccia with Lemon Poppy Seed Butter

Printable version of recipe here.

Ingredients

For the dough
400g + more flour
25g fresh yeast
200ml milk, luke warm
60g sugar
2 eggs
50g butter
pinch of salt


For the focaccia topping
500g mirabelle plums, washed, pitted and cut in half
10g poppy seeds, dry roasted
50g sugar
100g butter
zest and juice from one lemon
icing sugar (optional)

Method

For the dough

  1. Prepare the dough by dissolving the yeast in the milk, then add flour, sugar, eggs, butter and a pinch of salt and knead with the kneading hooks of your machine. The dough should be smooth and silky. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise in a warm dry place - approx. 40 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. and prepare a baking tray by lining it with some baking paper.

  3. Once the dough has risen using floured fingers spread the dough out to the edges of the baking tray. Cover and allow to rest for another 20 minutes.

  4. Using your thumb dimple the dough side by side making cavities for the mirabelle plums and the lemon poppy seed butter.


For the focaccia topping

  1. Whisk together sugar and butter with an electric whisk until the mixture is smooth, creamy and pale in color. Add the roasted poppy seeds, lemon zest and juice and incorporate into the creamy mixture.

  2. Fill the buttercream in a pastry bag with a plain tip.

  3. Place a mirabelle plum half in the first dimple then squirt some of the buttercream into the next dimple. Do this switching alternatively from plum to buttercream until all the dimples are filled.

  4. Bake in the oven, second rack from bottom, for approx. 20 to 25 minutes. The top of the focaccia should be lovely and golden.

  5. Allow to cool then if using the icing sugar dust with the sugar.

 


Verdict

Mirabelles Lemon Poppy Seed Foccacia (03) by MeetaK

This was truly exquisite. The pure aroma of the yeast focaccia intermingled with the fruity mirabelle and lemon poppy seed was just bliss. But the bite into the soft and chewy sweet focaccia was just heaven. Soeren was in love with it - it was his hit & run cake. What I mean by that is while he's out playing with the kids he'll quickly come in hit on a piece and run off with it. Tom too actually cut up a huge slice and hid it away from Soeren it was fairly hilarious watching them.

This focaccia is a simple lazy Sunday afternoon kind of treat. Enjoyed with tea or coffee and the hot tunes from A-HA it honestly satisfies to the core.

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Make your favorite brunch recipes and bring send your creations to me by November 16th.

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44 comments :

  1. A "hit and run foccacia", uh? hehe, *do* look both ways before crossing the street tomorrow morning or you may be hit by a fennelmobile at full speed. Just sayin.

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  2. Ahahaha, love Claire's comment. I don't know if you know this, but mirabelles are very close to my heart, I still have a mirabelle clafoutis I need to talk about in a post in my drafts. I've never seen a mirabelle focaccia, especially not one laced with lemon poppyseed butter, but when you hear what I put in the mirabelle clafoutis, you'll know for sure we're twins, no kidding. Gorgeous pictures my sweet!

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  3. Those are dimples I can absolutely live with (although they won;t do any good to their friends on my thighs..)

    I saw that Aha was touring, husband and I simultaneously: Are they still around? Kids: who is Aha? Same age group haha

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  4. Magnificent and so tempting! Your focaccia is irresistible...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Your photos are beautiful. I never thought of focaccia being sweet before. I can't wait to hear from you at Food Blogger Connect, I'm really looking forward to it.

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  6. wow!! Looks reallllllllllllyyyyyyy yummy.

    Amazing click!!

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  7. That is one beautiful focaccia, and your photograph makes it glow. Wish I could sit in on your photography session at the blogger event in November.

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  8. Yum, Mirabelles! We can't get them here in the States, at least I've never found them and I remember them from when I was a kid living in France and Germany. Oh my. I don't think plums will get me to quite the same place but I'll try.

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  9. Amen for those "break free" moments and acting upon them :)

    An exquisite creation, indeed!

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  10. That certainly looks like the kind of foccacia you could daydream with. It looks exquisite!

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  11. so happy to find your blog!! this is a true gem :)

    foccacia is my favorite bread ever.. always filled with surprises and makes great lunch dinner or even breakfast :) thanks for sharing this :)

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  12. That's a really pretty looking foccacia, never tasted it though, but will try preparing it :).

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  13. It's funny how certain things bring us right back into memory lane... A-Ha does that for me too! I have never been to a concert but they are one of my favorite bands. How fun that you went again after all those years! I too wonder -maybe too often- about the 'what if's' as I now do the things I love but I could have maybe started a bit earlier!! Love the focaccia!

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  14. Exquisite creation,Meeta.Awesome pics as well.

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  15. There are certain things in everyone's life that bring those "what if" thoughts, I think. But as we grow older, I think we learn to appreciate how our choices we've made have brought us to where we are - I'm just glad that you've found that you're happy where you've arrived! I've never had or seen a mirabelle plum, but this focaccia looks lovely - not overly sweet, but bursting with a pleasing flavor. I would love to enjoy it with tea.

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  16. Your focaccia looks delicious, and the lemon poppy seed butter sounds wonderful!

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  17. Fabulous click!I have never come across these plums but they do look adorable!!

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  18. Oooh, that reminds me, I still have at least 3 mirabelle posts in my drafts folder... no focaccia though - this looks incredible! Love the rest of the post too, and can identify with the decorum-edged-with-wildness ;-) I also have no regrets about what has brought me here (well, maybe there was one relationship I could have ended a year earlier and saved myself a lot of trouble!) and I am finally feeling as if I am becoming the person I have always meant to be. Maybe we can discuss more over a glass of wine on the 28th :)

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  19. bellissima questa focaccia! chissà che buona!

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  20. I love mirabelle plum!! I tend to buy bonne maman mirabelle plum confiture.. hehehe..
    I love your idea of focaccia with mirabelle and poppy seed!

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  21. Very irresistible dimples! Love the color of the plums.

    One of my favorite groups Meeta, but never had the chance to be in their live concert! Lovely lovely pictures.

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  22. Wonderful pics Meeta.
    More than the recipe I enjoyed your write-up.
    I also think abt a lot of what-ifs and iI ma very wild at heart but unleash it only very rarely.

    Glad to know that you at fun at the concert.

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  23. AHA....loved the read up U got me thinking too. Life is as beautifully dimpled as your focaccia and FUN! Screaming good fun & I'm glad to have met you. Love the focaccia & enjoyed the read up about the emergence of the terrible twin even more. I hv one of those here, the gemini son, who has me up at 3am to drop him for camp...& he shows his 'other' side often now. You give me a run for my wild side. xo

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  24. Great post Meeta! I am ashamed to admit that nowadays I come to your blog excited to read your thoughts on life than actually look for recipes!

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  25. This sweet version of focaccia with mirabelles looks very tempting !

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  26. Thank you all for all your wonderful comments and also sharing your thoughts on this post. Nice to know that I am not the only one who has the feeling of breaking free! Glad you all are liking this focaccia. A bit different to the savory type but totally delicious.

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  27. Beautiful, though provoking post, Meeta. I would, like you, go back and do things differently, taken the right path when I had taken the left, done so many things differently (been more wild, for one) yet I too would've ended up here with JP and the boys. That, my love, is destiny.

    Fabulous sweet focaccia - have always wanted to make one. I'll just nad your recipe, thank you very much. Looks scrumptious as well as perfect!

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  28. Oh dear! Your post just reminded me of my age as well! What the heck .. you are as old as you think you are! Love the post and this focaccia looks awesomely good. Fantastic pics as usual.

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  29. I know exactly what you mean, but though I am happy I do wish that some things turned out better.
    I've never had a sweet foccacia before- this is really quite beautiful! :)

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  30. Meeta, when Im daydreaming or unable to make a decision or want to "break free", K asks me if my secret twin popped up !... Its really so hard to explain what we are going thru at such times.. difficult to put in words...It is reassuring to know that there is someone out there who goes through phases like me. Glad to know you enjoyed the concert and Id love to taste the sweet focaccia , Im not sure if i would be able to lay my hands on mirabelle plums, but may be I can substitute it with something else.

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  31. Wow, this looks really amazing!! I'm actually having one of those break free moments as we speak... so this post made me happy :)

    Sues

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  32. Stunning photo missy! This is going into my recipe box. Can't wait to try it.

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  33. Love the Focaccia! dont know what a mirabelle plum is though. I feel so left out... :)

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  34. Wow sounds amazing and quite different. Love the flavour combo. Beautiful photos too

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  35. Lovely post! :) true.. ever so often, i wonder if i would have done something differently and the answer suggests the overall state of mind :) it's good to be content with the present :))

    and gorgeous Focaccia!!

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  36. Love focaccia and this look georgeous!! gloria

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  37. Meeta,

    Your plum foccacia is exquisite to look at. We've decided to give the recipe a try. Sweet plums are a beautiful addition to bread and pastry - they keep their color and shape and add so much guilt free richness to the final dish. This one's a real winner!

    Cheers, Steve & Jason
    http://yourfoodchoices.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/beginners-luck/

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  38. I love mirabelles but I have never found them in the US. Too bad because I would have loved the idea of trying a sweet foccacia. Well, I'll settle for the traditional one with green olives. We all love it in my family!

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  39. Those are nice and very tempting dimples! Very irresistible! Focaccia is an all time favorite of mine and I am glad that I gave your blog a click!

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  40. I'll take your focaccia for day dreamers, and enjoy immensely. Your story was very poignant for me. Makes you think....

    Oh, and A-HA? Take on me? Best film clip, ever!

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  41. Hey Meeta

    Have been following your website 2 weeks now. Is there an egg substitute that I can use for this recipe? We dont eat eggs so I would love for an alternative.

    Thanks
    Su

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  42. Meeta, that sounds soo good! I love poppy seeds and mirabelles... but the last ones for some reason are very hard to get here in London... used to eat tones of them back home when I was a child... still remember this sweet and sour flavour :)

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