Focaccia Recipe (Genoan Flat Bread)
It's Like Plain Pizza
Focaccia is often used to make thick sandwiches in restaurants. I prefer to use this flat bread on the side with soups and salads, or as an appetizer with cold meats and cheeses. The focaccia I find in the grocery is often very dry, so I decided to make my own and the result is a tasty moist treat that can even stand alone as a snack. My granddaughter says "It's like plain pizza!"
- 1 package dry yeast
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small red onion
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1/4 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup water
- Combine 1 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt.
- In one quart saucepan, heat milk, 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 cup water over medium heat until warm (120-130 degrees).
- With mixer at low speed, gradually beat milk mixture into dry ingredients until blended.
- Beat in 1/2 cup flour to make thick batter.
- Stir in 1 cup flour to make soft dough.
- Sprinkle work surface with 1/2 cup flour and knead dough until smooth.
- Form dough into a ball and place in large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 1 1/2 hours.
- Punch down dough and roll out to a 9"x13" rectangle. Place in greased 9"x13" cake pan and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In saucepan, over medium heat, cook onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender.
- With finger, make deep indentations over dough about 1 inch apart.
- Scatter cheese, then onion, evenly over dough. Sprinkle with thyme, pepper and salt. Drizzle dough with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes.