Friday, September 28, 2012

Fantastic Foccacia Bread

This is a great recipe and oh so easy!  You could top it with whatever kind of toppings you like {I used olive oil, crushed rosemary and coarse sea salt}, you could add sun dried or thinly sliced tomatoes, sliced olives, thin sliced red onion, any fresh herbs, bacon or any cheese you love.

I found this recipe on AllRecipes here.  Its wonderful and I highly recommend it!  It does rise beautifully, has a great texture and flavor!

I served it with a pasta dish and with my Herbed Dipping Oil.

Ingredients for dough:

-1 tbsp honey (you could substitute sugar)
-2 cups warm water
-1 tbsp salt
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1/2 cup diced onion
-5 cups flour, more if needed
-1 tbsp yeast

For topping:

-3 tbsp olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (you could substitute dried, just make sure you rub it in your hands to let the flavor out)
-1/4 cup grated Parmesan (optional, I forgot to add the cheese and it was still great)
-coarse salt to taste


1. Layer the dough ingredients in the dough in bread-maker pan in the order listed.
2. Start bread-maker on the dough setting; check after about 5 minutes to see if you need to add more flour to get dough to a good not too sticky consistency.  Allow bread-maker to complete cycle.
3. Remove dough from bread-maker and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface or directly onto a prepared/oiled baking sheet {I used a pizza stone}.
4. Shape into large round and use your fingertips to add "dimples" into the surface of the dough.
5. Brush with 3 tbsp olive oil, (Parmesan if using), the rosemary and the coarse salt.
You can see the "dimples" where the olive oil is pooled.
6. Set aside and preheat oven to 415 degrees.
7. Once oven is preheated place loaf in oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
8. Remove from oven and allow loaf to rest for about 5 minutes before cutting. 
9. Enjoy with Herbed Dipping Oil!  Yum!

Update-  To make Herbed Focaccia... {for this one I halved the recipe to make a smaller loaf}
Add: {double if making a full batch loaf}
-2 tsp dried basil
-2 tsp dried sage
-2 tsp dried oregano
-1/4 tsp pepper
To the dough ingredients when placing in the bread-maker.
Dough finished in bread-maker.
Dough pressed out and ready to rise.
Risen dough brushed with olive oil.
Sprinkle oil brushed focaccia with grated Parmesan and coarse salt and bake.

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