focaccia


picture from homebased mom. we don't have fancy parm cheese.

yum. Yesterday I made this focaccia bread and it was delicious! We ate it with some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and it was such a great side to dinner. The best part was I threw it all in the bread machine, rolled it out, let it rise and baked it! easy! Even with no bread machine, though, it's pretty easy. And sooo good. Give it a try!

3 1/2-3/4 C bread flour (will also work fine with all purpose flour)
1 tsp honey or sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1 C warm water
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
sea salt or kosher salt for sprinkling (I used garlic salt so I omitted this extra salt)
olive oil for drizzling.

Add honey/sugar and yeast into warm water and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbly.

Add together 1 cup flour, salt and olive oil. Add in yeast mixture and mix together, adding in second cup of flour. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic and not sticky – about 7 minutes. Add additional flour if necessary. Add enough flour only to keep the dough from being sticky. Grease a large bowl and place dough in bowl and cover. Allow to rise until double, about one hour. May place in a warm oven (preheat to 150 degrees and then turn the oven off) to rise if room is cool. (OR put in bread maker with flour and yeast on top, dough setting)

After dough has doubled in size, deflate dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. If using a pizza stone, place stone into oven and preheat to 400 degrees for about 20 -30 minutes. Cover the pizza paddle, cutting board or back of cookie sheet with a coating of corn meal and place dough onto the corn meal to rise again. If you are not using a pizza stone, generously oil the inside of a rimmed cookie sheet with olive oil and place rolled out dough onto cookie sheet for second rising.

Allow to rise for about 30-40 minutes. Before putting dough into oven use your finger to poke dimples into the dough and then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese. Slide the dough from the paddle onto the pizza stone in the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes.

2 comments:

Josh said...

Oh my gosh this sounds divine!!!!!! Thank you for posting the recipe!!!

Emily said...

This looks so good!!!