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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Focaccia Bread

I don't know where this recipe originally came from - if anyone recognizes it feel free to let me know!

Mix together:
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 1 cup water (warm but not too hot)
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • Let the yeast poof, then add 2 Tbsp olive oil
Combine dry ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cup white flour
  • 1 tsp each of salt, garlic powder, oregano, thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.  Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Place in a large oiled bowl, cover with damp cloth and let it rise for about 20 minutes.

Punch the dough down, pat into a flat rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.  Top with oil, parmesan/mozzarella, or various veggies, herbs, and other cheeses.  This is your chance to get creative!  You can go "basic" with rosemary and sea salt, then eat it with oil and balsamic vinegar, or jazz it up with banana peppers and asiago cheese.  I like to poke the dough all over with my finger so that the finished bread has dimples in it.

Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Thoroughly enjoy it with balsamic vinegar / olive oil or other dips.  Happy eating!

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