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Super Tuscan Cooking

Have you always wanted to visit Tuscany? If you love traditional Chianti or innovative Super Tuscans, this region is a must-visit for incredible wine and food. While our “Italian Food Lover’s Getaway: Florence & Chianti” offer provides the opportunity to take an authentic Tuscan cooking course in a 17th-century private villa, here’s a taste of this traditional cuisine that you can prepare at home.

Focaccia Con La Salvia (Focaccia With Sage)

Serves 2 people

Ingredients

1 c. flour

1 Tbsp. and 1 tsp., or half, of a fresh yeast cube

1-1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 pinch of salt

1/2 Tbsp. sage leaves

1/2 tsp. sugar

Warm water

Preparation

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the oil and sage leaves, and set aside.

Take a glass and fill halfway with warm water. Add the sugar and the half cube of yeast, and allow to gently dissolve. Cover the glass with a bowl, ideally clear glass to allow you to watch for foam appearing on the surface.

After 5 to 8 minutes, add the yeast mixture to the flour. Mix with your hands and add as much warm water as you need to obtain a fluffy dough. Knead with the palm of your hand, and help yourself with a scraper, trying not to add too much flour – otherwise the dough will get too hard.

Let the dough rise in a bowl for one hour, and then cover it with a damp cloth. After another hour, oil a pan, spread the dough with your hands and prick holes on the surface with a toothpick. Drizzle with some extra-virgin olive oil, and then sprinkle with fine and coarse salt and some more sage leaves. The two salts make it more flavorful and add crunch. Let it rest for another hour, always covered with a damp cloth. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and bake for 20 minutes, until it is golden on top. Enjoy!