Quick & Easy Focaccia Recipe 3 Jul 2014, 1:51 pm
For our first recipe in the series we thought we would share an easy recipe for a bread we make every day. With the introduction of the small plates menu and dinner menu we needed to make a bread that was full of flavor and texture without having to keep barm or have long fermentation periods. I developed this focaccia recipe for lunch service when I was the pastry chef at restaurant Bateaux in South Carolina. I needed a bread for service that could be started in the mornings around nine’o clock and be hot out of the oven by ten thirty; the recipe is:
5 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
about 3/4 cup of oil (we use 75%/25% vegetable / olive oils. pure olive oil tends to burn, and plain vegetable / canola oil will make your bread taste a little like popcorn.)
The total time takes about an hour and a half
Start by measuring the flour and salt into the bowl of a
Measure the yeast, warm water, and sugar into a separate container and whisk together.
Let this stand for about 5 minutes to activate the yeast. Because we added the sugar it wont take long to activate, those yeasts are hungry for sugars.
Start your mixer on medium speed with the dough hook attachment and start adding the yeast/water/sugar mixture.
Continue mixing for five or six minutes until the consistency is like stringy batter that sticks to the bottom of the bowl.
Transfer the dough to a clean mixing bowl with about 1/4 cup of oil in the bottom and cover with plastic.
At this point, preheat your oven to 500F or higher if it allows.
Proof the dough for thirty minutes or until doubled in volume.
Oil a sheet pan with another 1/4 cup of oil and use your hands to spread it everywhere. Then, use your oily hands to scoop out the dough while turning the bowl over.
Gingerly spread the dough out to meet the corners. We use a 1/2 size commercial sheet pan which is 12″x 18″, home pans are 9″ x 12″ so you may be able to make two loves. Try not to pop too many bubbles when spreading.
Dimple the top with your fingers and add the remaining oil. Let the dough rest uncovered for about ten minutes until it puffs up a little.
Before you put the bread in the oven you can add a sprinkle of kosher salt and/or rosemary to the top.
Bake at 500+ for about fifteen minutes or until the loaf is browned, hollow sounding, and most of the oil has been absorbed.
When you pull it out of the oven, flip it out of the pan right away to cool upside down or it will get soggy.
The Veranda Bar & Restaurant at the Balance Rock Inn, Bar Harbor, Maine 24 Jun 2014, 1:05 pm
We are excited to be featuring our new Small Plates Menu and weekly dinners by renowned local Chef Joshua Heikkinen!
The Veranda Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful view of Frenchman’s Bay and the surrounding Porcupine Islands. The Small Plates Menu is available nightly until 10:00pm. The menu changes weekly ensuring that our guests are getting the freshest seafood and ingredients in Bar Harbor.
In the Dining Room Friday through Monday evenings we offer a full dinner menu. The intimate dining room has a lovely fireplace making the perfect setting for any occasion. Seats are limited so we encourage guests to reserve in advance.
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The Gardens Are In! 11 Jun 2014, 12:27 pm
The gardens are planted and ready to bloom at the Balance Rock Inn. Each year we plant over 2,000 flowers and over 15 varieties. Maine is the perfect climate for growing in the summer and at the Balance Rock we love to put on a great show.
Our gardens include:
May Night Salvia
Giant Lime Zinnias
Cut and Come Again Zinnias
Star White Zinnias
Lemon Drop Marigolds
Non Stop Begonias
…and many more!
For more gardening tips and ideas visit the experts at Islandscaping Garden Center at www.islandscaping.com. We owe a big thanks to Frosty and her crew for providing us with the best seedlings and helping to improve our grounds each and every year!
Spring Time In Bar Harbor 11 Mar 2014, 2:52 pm
Spring is in the air!
We’re counting down the days to opening…
Balance Rock Inn in Bar Harbor opens Friday May 16. The Inn is getting ready for another beautiful summer and all the activities that come along with it. To kick off the season we’re offering our fabulous Spring Special and have a calendar of events already posted on our Events page. Be sure to check out the activities and wonderful deals you can receive this Spring. We’re constantly adding specials and events for the Inn so be sure to stay posted. See you soon.
Please use the following links to see our specials and calendar of events!
Bar Harbor, Maine’s Balance Rock Inn Launches Into the Future 6 Feb 2014, 8:19 am
With many trials and tribulations the official new website for the Balance Rock Inn on the Ocean in downtown Bar Harbor has launched…and we think it was well worth the wait. With months of planning, tweaking, and all the details in-between we have finally reached the finish line! Long overdue for an update we think that you’ll find the new website more user friendly, informative, and visually appealing!
We of course have to thank our team of experts that helped make it all happen. With the help of HIS Interactive we were able to create a more streamlined website to help future users get the best out of their experience. Our stunning visuals are all owed to the talent of Eager Eye Photography who took on quite a feat photographing the Balance Rock Inn and grounds.
Balance Rock Inn’s new blog will be a great place for future travelers to gain great insight on Maine, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Visitors will be able to gain updates on upcoming events, hot topics, and of course the best hotel deals Balance Rock Inn has to offer. We look forward to sharing these new insights and hope you enjoy the new site!
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Think Warm Thoughts – Poolside… Balance Rock Inn Bar Harbor, Maine Summer 2014 6 Feb 2014, 8:15 am
It may be cold outside but we’re gearing up for another beautiful Spring in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Opening Friday, May 16 the Balance Rock Inn is giving this years travelers incentive to get their vacation planning started a little bit earlier.
Spring time is perfect for visitors looking for a more quiet time to take advantage of Acadia National Park. The flowers might not be in full bloom but the activities and sights certainly are! Here are just a few reasons to take advantage of this very special and brief time of year…
• Spring Special – Available May 16th Weekend) Stay in any of our ocean view rooms or suites…2 nites and get the 2nd nite half off or stay 3 nites and get the 3rd
• Poolside – Did we mention our heated swimming pool!
• Memorial Day Weekend – Acadia National Park is a great way to kick off the summer!
So be sure to call us…our reservation office is open year round to assist in all your vacation planning needs!
For more information on upcoming activities and events visit these helpful links…
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