Remember Focaccia bread?
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.)
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.
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