The Easiest & Tastiest Italian Focaccio Bread!

Hi everyone, this month I’m going to share my quick & simple Italian bread recipe. What’s so special about this bread is the fact that you can keep it plain & tasty or you can go to town on it with any choice of toppings. The recipe we are going to do here has a number of toppings on it, just to give you an idea of how you can squeeze your creative juices & make your own master pieces.

Here goes…
This will make make one large Focaccio for about 4-6 people.
Ingredients:
5 g yeast (½ a packet yeast); 500 g cake flour; 1 tbsp honey; 350 ml warm water; 2 sprigs fresh rosemary; 1 small bunch fresh thyme; ½ cup sundried tomatoes (roughly sliced); 10 calamata olives (pitted); 1 medium onion (sliced & fried); rock salt and cracked black pepper, to taste; 2 tbsp parmesan cheese; ½ C extra virgin olive oil

Method:
Mix the honey & warm water together until diluted; add the yeast and allow to froth up (+/- 10- 15 min’s).
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast mixture and using a fork, start mixing it all together. You may find the dough a little sticky at first. Just sprinkle some flour into the dough and keep mixing, now using your hands.

Keep kneading the dough until smooth & pliable; then roll into a ball. Drizzle Olive Oil into a deep bowl and roll the dough in the Olive Oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to prove (double in size) for about 45 minutes.

Once proved, sprinkle flour onto your kitchen surface, using a rolling pin, roll into an oval shape about 2 or 3 cm thick.
Brush with Olive Oil, then start placing the rest of your ingredients on top of the oval shaped dough.

Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese, Rock Salt and Pepper.

Leave to double in size again for about 20 minutes; then poke your finger into the dough at random places.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 d celcius for about 20 – 30 minutes. It will start browning from the sides. Tap it with your finger to get a hollow sound to know if it’s done.

Leave to cool on a rack and then enjoy with anything you like. It’s pretty tempting to just devour the whole thing almost immediately. Either show some restraint, or just double the recipe in the beginning.

You can also roll it really flat like pizza; then brush with Olive Oil, sprinkle with Fresh Herbs, Garlic, Salt and Pepper. It’s delish as a crispy flat bread with salads, soups and pate’s. 😉

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