Herbed Focaccia

Herbed Focaccia

This Italian flat-bread is like pizza crust, only it’s thicker and doesn’t have much topping. It’s good for sandwiches or as a side to pasta dishes or stews. You can add in lots of herbs, just like the recipe below and even add some more like sun dried tomatoes, caramelized onions…even anchovies,ham, lots of cheese.  Those are just some of the things that I’ve seen people add to this yummy bread.  Others make it super simple just by adding evoo and sea salt.

herbed-focaccia
I like it with some herbs and sprinkling of parmesan cheese. It’s perfect with any pasta dishes or for snacking.

mix water and yeast; let stand for 10 minutes; add oil
mix water and yeast; let stand for 10 minutes; add oil
combine flour, herbs
combine flour, herbs
mix flour and yeast mixture and knead on a floured surface
mix flour and yeast mixture and knead on a floured surface
roll into a ball and let rise for 25 minutes
roll into a ball and let rise for 25 minutes

 

Herbed Focaccia
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1½ cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
Instructions
  1. Mix the yeast and water in a small bowl. Let proof for 10 minutes (until bubbles begin to form).
  2. In large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and black pepper.
  3. Add the yeast mix and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and combine.
  4. When dough has pulled together, turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
  5. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl, and turn to coat with oil.
  6. Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm place 25 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  8. Punch dough down, place on greased baking sheet.
  9. Pat dough into ½-inch thick rectangle (doesn't have to be perfect).
  10. Using your knuckle, make indentations in the dough about ½-inch apart, then prick dough with fork.
  11. Brush top with olive oil, then sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
  12. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown.

 

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