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Remember Focaccia bread?

Updated on April 11, 2011
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Remember when Focaccia bread first was so popular? I do and loved it the first time I tried it. Well I ran across a recipe the other day and decided, once again my First time ever, to make some.

Funny though it didn't have the same punch as that time long ago, but it was/is good. I may have to try it again and add more salt on top and more rosemary and sage because the recipe just suggested for a different taste, to add some but no amounts were given.

So I decided to share this with you recipe fans and maybe you can pass on some hints to me..:O)

The base recipe is what I followed so I will pass it on to you. Also it is very simple and quick to mix, only takes an hour or so to double in size and then 20-25 minutes to bake at 450 degrees.

...you will need

4 1/3 cups of all purpose flour

some extra virgin olive oil

warm water ( enough to make a pliable dough)

1/2 tsp. course salt ( I used Kosher sea salt)

1 package of dry active yeast = ( 2 1/4 tsp.)

Directions:

In a large bowl you combine the flour,salt and yeast with 6 tblsp. of the olive oil, then add some warm water slowly mixing it with a fork. Add warm water a small amount at a time and continue mixing till you have that nice pliable dough. (in this stage I chopped some rosemary very fine and mixed it in).

You can knead the dough for 10 minutes by hand or put it in your Kitchen-aide with the dough blade for 5 minutes. Shape it into a ball and put it the bowl (with some EVOO in it and up the sides), covering it with a wet towel in a dry place for about an hour or until doubled.

When it is double in size work it a bit more and I pressed mine into a large square cookie sheet. Best to have one that has sides on it though, and remember to grease the bottom (I used more EVOO) extra virgin olive oil.

Now spread it out to fit and with your fingers poke the dough to give it a dimpled look, and don't be afraid to do this so you can have that high and low in the dough,setting it aside to rise again for another hour...

Brush it generously with the EVOO and sprinkle the salt over it, and here is where I chopped some more rosemary very fine and added also on top. Bake now in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until it is golden brown. If it seems to be getting dry or browns too quickly cover it with some tin foil.

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So this is what mine looked like but I have to admit as I was typing this I FORGOT to let mine raise the second time ( multi tasking can be a hindrance) I was getting worried because I just heard that one sign of dementia is losing your taste...and this didn't have the same taste as I had remembered, but gladly I now see why...LOL...aging can be a problem...I don't feel old though...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Make it yourself TheListLady...it is way to easy...Have fun at the market tho I love the one we have here...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Love this bread and it has been way too long since I had it last. And I think I will walk downtown to the Farmer's Market tomorrow and get some. Oh yum! Thanks a bunch.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks sweetie and it is really very simple and easy...enjoy..:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Lady_Tenaz 

      7 years ago

      OMG- I love foccacia bread. YUM!!! Can't wait to try this.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Raven King...hummm? that sounds interesting...you have one to share? I can work on that; never thought about it...I love the flavors of the rosemary and salt...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Raven King 

      7 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Mmm...I do remember the delicious focaccia! Thanks G-Ma for the recipe! Do you have a dessert foccacia? HUGS! :D

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Believe me it is fired up!!!....and so when do we get to see a recipe from you????..:O) HUGS

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      I know what it is, remember I cook too:-P Fire up that oven!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Tom...when will you arrive? Bring the tile with you...LOL:O) I will make a fresh one just for you..It is an Italian flat bread actually...Sweet dreams...:O) HUGS Merle Ann

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Kosher salt? Oh, that's right I Focaccia Jewish :-P This looks good I'm comin' over to try it! Peace and Love!! Tom (I haven't forgotten the tile :-)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      mdlawyer...ha ha it is delicious...Thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      mdlawyer 

      7 years ago

      It looks delicious G-Ma. ha ha

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      alekhouse...I had forgotten how good it is, and I never knew it was this simple to make...Thanks for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Oh this looks so good, Merle, I absolutely have to try it. Thanks.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      wychic...Isn't that funny...old things coming around again and we both were on the same page...It is easy and really very good.Yes it is an Italian bread, I probably should have included that...Thanks my dear for commenting...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Rebecca Mikulin 

      7 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      Great hub :). I participate in Bountiful Baskets, a food co-op, and today was the day to order for the Saturday drop. One of the new things on the list was focaccia bread, and I confess i had to ask my husband what it was because I'd never heard of it before. He told me it was an Italian flat bread, but your hub just filled in all the rest of the information for me :). We didn't end up ordering any, but this really looks good, so I may just have to put this recipe and instructions to work. Voted up :D.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Me too, as you can tell...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      I love freshly baked bread of any sort! :)

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