Easy Homemade Focaccia Bread

I do not bake bread. However after being on vacation for a few weeks, and eating some very yummy fresh baked bread, warmed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar I am hooked. I went in search of Focaccia bread recipes that I could make at home to satisfy my craving. I found this recipe on goop.com, which isn’t my normal go to site, but I will be checking it out in the future for yummy recipes and gift ideas.

Focaccia bread is simple and a perfect place to start testing out your bread making skills.  This recipe is easy to make, comes together in just a few hours, and is still incredibly impressive.  I like to cut thick slices and toast on the stove top grill to get a little extra texture, it is perfect with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ c. warm water
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Let proof 5 minutes (the yeast should be bubbling).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and 1 ½ teaspoons salt. Add the yeast mixture, and mix with your hands or a spatula to combine. Knead for a minute or two, just until the dough comes together and is smooth.
  3. Coat another large bowl lightly with olive oil and transfer the dough to this new bowl. Knead another minute, mixing in a little olive oil, then drizzle over a bit more olive oil and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  4. Prereheat the oven to 425°F.
  5. Coat a 12-inch x 9-inch baking sheet with sides, lightly with olive oil and transfer the dough to this prepared sheet. Spread out the dough evenly in the pan, drizzle lightly with oil, and let rise 30 more minutes. Use your fingers to punch holes on top of the dough, and then sprinkle generously with sea salt.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is beautifully golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before eating.

Tip: For a great appetizer, grill slices of bread in a cast iron grill pan to get added flavors. Serve with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil or with butter.

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