Focaccia Bread Recipe

Monday, 14 May 2012

This focaccia bread recipe is my favourite as most make a thick dough which gives me a stomach ache but this focaccia bread recipe produces a thin pizza like crust that is juicy and delicious.

The reason it gives a pizza like dough is because it is a recipe for pizza dough which I got from one of my favourite cook books A little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That from the winner of Junior Masterchef Isabella Bliss and her family.

The recipe has been passed down through generations is easy to make and tastes great too.

The one I made above is seasoned on one half as I wanted to keep some plain to eat my delicious Cauliflower and Zucchini Soup with. 

Focaccia Bread Recipe

Makes 1 focaccia

125ml lukewarm water

4gm dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 tsp salt
200gm plain flour
50gm extra plain flour
1 teaspoon dry rosemary
1 teaspoon Masterfoods Garlic and Herb Salt (I love this salt)

Place the water and yeast into a large bowl and stir with your fingers until the yeast dissolves and the water looks milky.

Add the sugar, salt and flour to yeast mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Use extra flour if required.

Place dough onto a flat surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until it is soft and smooth.

Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling wrap and a clean towel. To get dough to rise faster heat oven and place bowl on stove top.

Leave to rise for about 1 hr. If placing on warm stove dough will rise in approximately 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200C.

Sprinkle flour on your bench and along the rolling pin. Then take the dough and roll out to the desired thickness and size.

Lightly grease a round or square tray (I used a pizza tray which has holes in it to make a crispy base). Lightly grease the top of the rolled out dough and place on tray.

Then sprinkle with rosemary and herb salt. If you don't have this salt which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you buy because it is incredibly delicious you can finely chop 1 clove of garlic and sprinkle 1 tablespoon dry parsley and thyme.

With a fork place holes in a few places on top of the dough so you don't get air bubbles when it rises.

Place focaccia bread in oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes until golden brown on top.

Best eaten fresh out of the oven when the focaccia bread smells absolutely divine. 


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