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Easy Focaccia Bread

Makes 24 pieces


Focaccia bread is great with a large salad or soup, therefore I thought I’d create a recipe that is like the one I eat when I go to our favourite Italian pizza place. They bake theirs in a stone wood burning oven. Since its winter and I can’t try it in our outdoor wood burning oven, I’ve purchased a pizza stone and tried it for the first time with this focaccia recipe. The results were amazing. Next time I will add a little more of the spices.


NOTE: If you don’t have a pizza stone, no worries as I’ve given you the option to put it on a baking sheet and hopefully you will get the same results.


Ingredients

½ cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp dried thyme

1 cup warm water

2 ½ tsp instant yeast

½ tsp honey

2 ½ cups flour

½ tsp salt

¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese


Directions

  1. In a sauce pan add oil, garlic, 1 tsp rosemary and 1 tsp thyme. Place pan on medium heat and cook stirring occasionally for 5 – 10 minutes. If garlic is starting to brown it is done. Pour into a measuring cup and let cool

  2. In another measuring cup combine water, yeast and honey and whisk together. Let sit for 5 minutes

  3. Pour yeast mixture into a large bowl, add ¾ of the oil mixture and mix together

  4. Stir in 1 cup of flour making sure it is incorporated into the liquid. Let sit 5 minutes

  5. Add the rest of the flour and salt and bring dough together with your hands

  6. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth.

  7. May take up to 20 times of kneading. Make a ball out of the dough

  8. Oil a large bowl and transfer the ball of dough into it

  9. Cover bowl with saran wrap and top with a tea towel

  10. Place in a warm spot and let dough rise to double in size, about an hour but may take longer if house is cool. I’ve placed it in front of my fireplace as that is the warmest place in the house

  11. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450°F (you will want at 1 hour of heating for the stone to be hot enough) If you don’t use a pizza stone then preheat oven prior to making focaccia on baking sheet

  12. Once dough has doubled use one of these options:


Cooking on Pizza Stone

  1. Turn a large baking sheet upside down and line it with parchment paper

  2. Place dough onto parchment paper

  3. Press and shape dough to form a rectangle shape that is about ½ inch thick

  4. Pour the rest of the oil mixture on top of dough and using your hand dimple the dough and smear the oil all over the dough

  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

  6. Cover dough with tea towel and let rise for ½ hour

  7. Transfer parchment paper and focaccia onto pizza stone

  8. After focaccia has baked for five minutes pull out the parchment paper, it will slide out easily

  9. Bake until golden brown, about 15 – 20 minutes

  10. Let focaccia cool on wire rack


Cooking in Baking Sheet

  1. Brush the baking sheet with some oil mixture

  2. Turn the dough into the baking sheet and using your hands press the dough into the baking sheet

  3. Pour the rest of the oil mixture on top of dough and using your hand dimple the dough and smear the oil all over the dough

  4. Cover dough with tea towel and let rise for ½ hour

  5. Sprinkle with parmesan

  6. Bake until golden brown, about 15 – 20 minutes

  7. Let focaccia cool on wire rack


Cut into piece sizes you like, I did a two inch by two inch size and served it with balsamic and oil dip.







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