12/20/2015

Figs with Fennel seeds Poolish Bread

I have childhood memories of my dad trying desperately to grow fig trees in our backyard here in the dry and hostile desert. Every couple of years he would plant a new tree, watch as it would grow a few seasons, shed some fruit, and then inevitably a cold winter would come along and take all that hard work like it never existed. Nowadays each winter he covers his fig trees with burlap and Christmas lights that are ever-on (yes, it’s true) to keep them warm. A true Italian Christmas tree, if you will. They seem to live a bit longer but they definitely do not thrive like they do in a temperate climate.

My mother and grandmother use to make Home made Poolish starter bread with Figs and Fennel and now I'm making these bread...
                              Absolutely Delicious!
Out of the oven and cooling....
After 25 minutes covered with a metal bowl in the oven/Look at the spring on that loaf....
Full rise and ready to bake the loaves in th oven...
Let rise for 1 1 / 2 hours /now is doubled. .
Put in to two baskets and covered with light cloths.
 Cut into two parts and shaped them both into boules. .
Did 3 stretch & folds In 2 hours , let rise for 1 hour and it has doubled in size. ...
Mixed in the Figs and crushed Fennel /let rest for 30 minutes....
Cut the Figs and crushed Fennel together and ready to mix it in the dough. ...
Mixed up the final dough with the poolish starter and let rest for 30 minutes.
 The poolish starter is doubled in size. ...
 Ready for rising in the microwave with a hot cup of water and let raise with the door closed.
Mixing the poolish starter. ..
Absolutely amazing delicious! 

4 comments:

  1. You did a amazing job ☺ with the bread sis

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    1. thank you for your kind words sis...it's absolutely delicious...

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  2. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog Rosa. I too hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all much health and happiness in the new year.
    (By the way, the bread looks fabulous!)

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    1. Your very welcome Zosia, and thank you for your kind words, the bread is absolutely delicious and great around Christmas time...

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