Aug 20 2008

The Best Recipe For Focaccia Bread Ever.

Published by at 4:38 pm under baking,Recipes

 

I love this recipe because with the addition of a couple of herbs and, or vegetables I can have many different types of bread that go with different meals. I make this in small individual circlets as a brushetta base too. Works well as a pizza crust for those who like a thicker crust. Believe me this is seriously yummy.

Pick and choose different combinations from your favorites list. Possibly with the exception of the kitchen sink just about anything goes. Adding grated cheese then cut into strips on the cookie sheet before baking will give you a ‘crazy bread’ some pizza places are famous for.

Try a combination of 3 or 4 items of this list. black olives, chopped basil, sun dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, pickled hot pepper rings (my favorite) all with or without parmesan cheese, feta cheese, Mozzarella, cheddar even blue cheese etc. 

 
Ingredients for the Basic Focaccia Bread

·          ½  cup warm water

·          ½ cup of warm milk

·          1 tsp sugar

·          1 packet dried yeast

·          4 cups white flour

·          3 tbsp olive oil

·          1 teaspoon salt

·          Extra flour for kneading

·          Coarse salt

Methodology for Basic Focaccia Bread

·          Combine sugar, warm milk and yeast in a small bowl (takes about 5-8minutes to get frothy)

·          In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt.

·          Add yeast mixture, 1 tbsp of the oil and milk

·          Mix, if dough seems dry, add a bit more water.

·          Drop ‘dough-ball’ on a floured work surface and knead until elastic 4-5 minutes

·          Using Pam lightly spray bowl side and bottom and top of dough-ball

·          Let the dough rise, in a warm draft free location, until doubled in size about 1- 1 ½   hours.

·          Punch dough down and spread out on well oiled or silicon paper covered baking sheet

·          Set the pan of dough aside and let it rise again for ½  hour.

·          Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

·          Gently spread olive oil on dough and sprinkle with coarse salt.

·          Bake for 25 minutes, until the top is light golden brown.

 

Here is just such a combo, try this, as it becomes a meal when served with a tossed salad.

 

 

Rosemary, Garlic and Goat Cheese Focaccia

Add to the basic recipe:

·          ½ cup soft goat cheese                                

·          3 teaspoons fresh rosemary finely chopped

·          2 cloves Garlic finely minced



Add ¾ of the chopped rosemary, cheese and garlic into the dough before kneading. Sprinkle remainders on top of dough along with the coarse salt and olive oil before baking.

Finger lick-en good, enjoy

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