Focaccia is a flat Italian bread that is airy, crisp, and intensely flavorful. It’s a healthy, tasty bread.
Focaccia (Italian Bread)
Focaccia is the base bread for Sicilian-style pizza.
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Recipe type: Baked Goods
Serves: 6 servings
- 4 Cups (1 pound) 450 g white unbleached all-purpose flour
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/4 Cup (1/2 pint) 300 ml warm water
- 1/2 ounce (10 g) fresh yeast or 1/2 packet dried yeast
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- rosemary or sage, fresh or dried
- To make the dough, put the yeast in a bowl with a little of the warm water and mash with a fork until it looks like mud.
- Add a pinch of sugar, leave it for 10 minutes and it will go frothy.
- Meanwhile put the rest of the water, the flour, a little of the salt and the olive oil into a large bowl.
- When the yeast is frothy, add that too. Knead it with your hands if you want to let off steam, or mix it in a food processor - most have a special attachment for mixing dough.
- Leave in the bowl in a warm place for about 30 minutes. It will double in size. Take the dough out, put it on a big board, cut in half and spread it a bit so you have two pieces the size of dinner plates.
- Sprinkle the rest of the salt over the top, then the rosemary or sage, and pat them into the dough.
- Put the loaves into a hot oven at 400°F (200°C) gas mark 7 for approximately 20 minutes.
- The bread rises marginally; it is meant to be about half-an-inch or 1 cm thick and pale golden on the top.
- Do not let it go dark brown - it will go rock hard!
- You can eat it warm straight out of the oven.