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Focaccia

Focaccia

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Introduction

Focaccia is a flatbread that is perfect for sandwiches. I learned this recipe at culinary school, and it remains a favorite of mine. You can use any combination of toppings you’d like, but I love fresh rosemary and roasted garlic on mine.

Focaccia

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup warm water

  • Make sure your water is warm, not hot.
  • Don’t use cold water.
  • Don’t use warm water from the tap (unless you want your focaccia to taste like chlorine).
  • Don’t use hot water from the kettle or microwave; it’s too strong and could kill yeast in your dough!

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

Active dry yeast is a common type of dried yeast used in baking. It can be purchased in packets or jars, and it’s a good choice for beginners as it’s easy to use.

To use active dry yeast, combine 1 tablespoon with 2 cups warm water (105 degrees F), 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon oil or butter; let stand until foamy (5 minutes). Add this mixture to your recipe along with any other ingredients required by your recipe at the beginning of mixing process; do not add more than 2 cups flour at once!

1 teaspoon salt

Salt is a necessary ingredient for bread to rise. It also helps make the crust crispy and gives it flavor.

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 cups all-purpose flour

The flour you use for this recipe is important. You can substitute bread flour, but it will make the focaccia denser and less chewy. Whole wheat flour will also work well, but you may need to add more water so that everything comes together into a dough (and don’t forget that whole wheat flours absorb moisture differently than white).

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and minced garlic. Mix until well combined.
  • Place focaccia rounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil; brush both sides with olive oil mixture from step 1 (you will have leftover). Spread pesto over each round evenly and sprinkle with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil leaves as desired. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on both sides about 10 minutes for smaller rounds or 15 minutes for larger ones if you like your bread crispy like me!

Combine ingredients and knead until smooth. Let rest for 20 minutes before forming into loaf. Slice and serve with toppings of your choice.

  • Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, then knead until smooth. Let rest for 20 minutes before forming into loaf.
  • Slice and serve with toppings of your choice!

Conclusion

Focaccia is a delicious and hearty bread that can be served with a variety of toppings. It’s best served warm with your favorite topping like cheese or olive oil. The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make! All you need are some basic ingredients like flour, yeast and water along with some toppings such as olives or herbs.

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