Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Focaccia Bread Recipe
This bread is a staple at our house since I started making it a couple of years ago. If you've thought that this could only be done in fancy Italian restaurants, you'll love how easy this flavorful bread is.
adapted from Cooking Light
1 1/4 cup boiling water
2 1/2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped (save 1 1/2 T)
1 Tablespoon honey
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 packet)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
For egg wash: 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon water, 1 teaspoon olive oil
Add 1 Tablespoon rosemary and 1 Tablespoon honey to boiling water. Let sit 15 to 20 minutes until temperature drops down between 100 and 110 degrees. Sprinkle yeast over rosemary mixture and wait 5-10 minutes for yeast to bubble.
Add olive oil and 1 cup of flour and mix. Then add salt and 2 more cups of flour. Add remaining 1/2-1 cup flour as needed for the dough to all come together. Knead for 5 minutes.
Spray a medium size bowl with cooking spray, add dough, cover with a clean towel and let rise for 45 minutes. Heat oven to 350. Spray a cookie sheet and press dough down to almost fill the sheet. Cover and let rise 30 minutes.
Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke indentations across the top of the dough. Mix together egg wash and brush over the dough (you may not need all of it) Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped rosemary over the dough. Bake for 25 minutes.
When it's done, transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy!
My kids love it just plain, but I really like to dip it in this little mixture.
On a small plate pour:
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Mix 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
and sprinkle on top
Do you love focaccia bread? Do you make your own? I hope you try it!