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The White Dog Cafe Cookbook:
Recipes and Tales of Adventure from
Philadelphia's Revolutionary Restaurant
by Judy Wicks and Kevin von Klause, 1998, Running
2 pounds; serves 8)
focaccia we make every day at the White Dog Café uses a sourdough starter
that we have been cultivating for years, so it isn’t a recipe that
This hassle-free recipe requires no starter and yields a
golden, tender focaccia.
We top it with grated parmesan cheese, but fresh
herbs, garlic, sea salt, sun-
dried tomatoes, olives, or cherry tomatoes
are all viable alternatives.”
cups whole milk
1 envelope (2 1/2 teaspoons)
active dried yeast
6 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat bran or wheat germ
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground
1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan set over low heat to about 110
degrees F. (it should feel just warm to the touch). Stir in the yeast
aside to proof for 10 minutes.
2. Combine the flour, wheat bran, salt and sugar in the bowl of an
electric mixer fitted with a dough hook if you have one, or standard
Add the yeast mixture and the eggs. Mix on low speed to
Continue mixing until the dough comes together and pulls
sides of the bowl. Knead on low speed until the
dough is smooth
elastic, 6 to 8 minutes. If working by hand,
knead the dough on a
surface until smooth and elastic,
about 15 minutes.
3. Place the dough in a large, well-oiled bowl and cover with a dish
or plastic wrap. Set the dough in a warm, draft-free spot to rise
doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours.
4. Generously oil a jelly roll pan. Punch down the dough. Spread the
dough into the pan to a uniform 1-inch thickness. Cover with a dish
Set aside to rise in a warm draft-free spot until doubled in
5. About 30 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
6. Make a dozen evenly spaced shallow indentations in the dough with
the handle of a wooden spoon or your index finger. Drizzle the dough
the olive oil. Sprinkle on the Parmesan and pepper. Bake until
golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm.
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