101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Focaccia Bread is So Easy

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Focaccia Bread is So Easy

An easy recipe if you have a stand mixer. I had several recipes for Focaccia bread saved in my to do link files but really didn't get inspired until Noble Pig published their top 10 for the year. I looked back at the other recipes but the Noble Pig one appeared to fit my needs.

This would be excellent for sandwiches, with Italian foods and with soups.

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Notes: Really almost no work. Proof the yeast. Turn on the stand mixer for a few minutes. A couple of hand kneads. An hour to raise. Spread out on oil, flip, poke holes with your fingers, another hour to rise then 20 minutes to bake. Total time 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Cold weather notes: Cooking bread in Michigan in the winter is always troublesome. This time I turn on my second over to it's minimum of 170. I let it heat to that and turned it off. When I put the dough in, I left the door open for about 30 seconds. This worked very well.

Add yeast and sugar to water. Let stand until foaming. About 5-10 minutes. Add all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of the olive oil to the stand mixer with a dough hook. Mix on 2 for about 6 minutes.
Roll onto a lightly floured surface.

Knead a few times.
Spray inside of the mixing bowl with Pam or coat with oil.

Place dough back into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in warm place until double in size. 1-2 hours.
When double in size, spread the last 1/2 cup of oil on the sheet pan and then spread out dough. Flip over dough so both sides are will oiled.

Then poke holes in the dough. Make these all the way through the dough.
Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about one hour. Sprinkle top with kosher salt just before baking.
Preheat oven to 425. Bake until browned. About 20-30 minutes.




Focaccia Bread is So Easy


An easy recipe if you have a stand mixer. I had several recipes for Focaccia bread saved in my to do link files but really didn't get inspired until Noble Pig published their top 10 for the year. I looked back at the other recipes but the Noble Pig one appeared to fit my needs. This would be excellent for sandwiches, with Italian foods and with soups.
Ingredients
1 3/4 cup warm water (100 to 105 degrees)1 package dry yeast(I suggest instant or quick)1 T sugar1 T kosher salt1 cup EV olive oil5 cups AP flour a little kosher salt to sprinkle on top before baking
Instructions
1) Add yeast and sugar to water. Let stand until foaming. About 5-10 minutes.2) Add all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of the olive oil to the stand mixer with a dough hook. Mix on 2 for about 6 minutes.3) Roll onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times.4) Spray inside of the mixing bowl with pam or coat with oil. Place dough back into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in warm place until double in size. 1-2 hours.5) When double in size, spread the last 1/2 cup of oil on the sheet pan and then spread out dough. Flip over dough so both sides are will oiled. Then poke holes in the dough. Make these all the way through the dough.6) Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about one hour. Sprinkle top with kosher salt just before baking.7) Preheat oven to 425. Bake until browned. About 20-30 minutes.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 20 servings

Updated

April 20, 2011

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5 Comments:

At January 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM , Blogger umbrellalady said...

I make foccaccia frequently but have never though to just flip it over to oil both sides - definitely laughing at myself for not doing this. Great idea.

 
At January 2, 2011 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

I wanted to make bread from scratch in 2010 but never got around to it. This foccacia bread looks great and easy enough to do. Thanks for the inspiration and instructions.

Also, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I really apprecaite the visit and I'm looking forward to browsing around yours.

 
At January 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Jeffrey and Juli said...

The bread looks great, definitely will try. I do have a question- how big is a half-sheet cake pan? I have cookie sheets, would those work?

 
At January 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

The half sheet pan is about 12X16 and has about a 1 inch lip. I normally would and frequently call it a cookie sheet. What ever you use it must have a lip to hold the oil in or you will have a huge mess.

 
At February 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM , Blogger TweetNSleep said...

I found a history of Focaccia Bread. It's a member of a family of common Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flat breads. I had know idea it had so many uses and was so good for you. I included the link.

http://focacciabreads.com/2011/01/focaccia-bread-a-brief-history.htm

 

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