Focaccia is flat Italian bread similar to a pizza base. It’s seasoned with herbs and topped with different vegetables like olives or onions. It can be eaten as a starter or as a snack.
I love breads !! I usually try different kinds of breads available. Some are hard, chewy and you need to pull it apart. And it can surely exercise your jaws. My preference is warm, soft and lovely looking breads.
In Italy, when you visit a restaurant you are always served with some bread or focaccia first with some warm olive oil as an accompaniment. The olive oil is served in a bowl and bread pieces arranged along. You dip your bread in olive oil and eat it.There is a bottle of olive oil on every table for extra serving, if you don’t mind the calories.
Now, making a focaccia at home is relatively easy and uses the usual ingredients found in your baking pantry. You can be quite creative by using a combination of different herbs and vegetables.
Makes one Focaccia
2 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp Sugar
2 tsp of Yeast
10 Olives cut into rounds
1 tsp Rosmary and other mixed herbs
1/3 cup Warm water
2 tbsp Olive oil
1/4 tsp Salt
- Pre heat the oven to 225 c.
- Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and set it aside.
- Combine yeast, flour and salt. Give it a mix.
- Add a tablespoon of Olive oil in the centre of the flour and mix it.
- Add warm water as required until the flour is absorbed into the dough.
- Knead it for a minute.
- Place it in a big oiled bowl and cover it with a cling film.
- Keep it in a warm place and allow it to double, about 20 mins.
- Punch the dough and turn it onto a floured surface.
- Roll it into a thick sheet. It should not be thin like a pizza base.
- Transfer it slowly onto a baking sheet.
- Brush it with oil and sprinkle herbs.
- Punch holes randomly and arrange the olives in them.
- Bake it for about 20 mins depending on the desired crispiness.
- When done, cut it into wedges and serve it with warm olive oil.