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Frena (Moroccan Focaccia)

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Frena is a traditional Moroccan bread, which was used to bake in the local communal oven ("Frena" in Moroccan Arabic), on top of burning hot pebbles. This bread has a thin crust and a fluffy crumb, absolutely delicious! It's the first time I'm baking pebbles and guys- it is such an interesting method. The dough is placed directly on the burning pebbles, creating each time a super unique pattern on the bottom of the bread. There are different versions of how to bake the frena bread, one of them is baking in an electric pot (top and bottom heat), but I believe most of you do not have it and I do not want anything to limit you in baking. You can find pebbles in any gardening shop (Just wash them well before use).

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Ingredients

flour

1 kg flour

water

720 ml water

olive oil

75 ml olive oil

fresh yeast (or 15 gr dry yeast)

40 gr fresh yeast (or 15 gr dry yeast)

sugar

22 gr sugar

salt

22 gr salt

Directions

Step 1

In a bowl add water and fresh yeast, mix well until the yeast dissolved.

water

720 ml water

fresh yeast (or 15 gr dry yeast)

40 gr fresh yeast (or 15 gr dry yeast)

Bowl

Bowl

Step 2

Add the sugar, flour, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated into the dough.

sugar

22 gr sugar

flour

1 kg flour

salt

22 gr salt

Mixer

Mixer

Step 3

Add the olive oil and mix it into the dough. Keep kneading, be aware that this dough is high in hydration so I recommend keeping kneading it in the bowl for about 8 min.

olive oil

75 ml olive oil

Bowl

Bowl

Step 4

Cover with a towel and let it rest for 30 min.

Towel

Towel

Step 5

Fold the dough on itself. Cover with a towel and let it rest for 30 min.

Step 6

Fold the dough on itself. Then move it to an oiled working surface.

Step 7

Divide the dough into 200 gr pieces.

scale

scale

Step 8

Round each piece to a ball. It doesn't need to be perfect but try to get a smooth surface.

Step 9

Let the balls rest on a floured tray, cover with a towel until doubled in size.

Step 10

In the meantime- preheat the oven to 220C or 430F and place a pan with pebbles for heating.

Oven

Oven

Pan

Pan

Step 11

Open the dough carefully and place it directly on the hot pebbles.

Step 12

Bake for 20 min. If the bottom is still soft- flip the frena and let it bake for another 5 min (bottom side facing up).

Step 13

Eat immediately.

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