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Focaccia

Making bread is so great fun! Focaccia is an Italian bread made with fresh rosemary and extra-virgin olive oil. It is delicious with chicken, fish, and pasta dishes.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (not over 110º)
  • 2 1/4 t. yeast (1 package)
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 t. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1-2 T. extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle on top
  • 1-2 t. coarse salt

Instructions

  1. In a 2-cup Pyrex® liquid measuring cup, add the water, yeast and sugar. Stir to combine; set aside for 10 minutes, until the mixture is foamy.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixture, add the flour, salt, olive oil, rosemary, and the yeast/water mixture.

    With the dough hook, combine until the mixture is smooth, gently stirring the sides; knead for 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, add the dough, turn to coat, and cover with a clean kitchen towel; set aside for one hour.

  4. Turn the dough out on a Silpat®-lined jelly roll pan. Press your fingers into the dough to leave holes everywhere. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and chopped rosemary. Cover with a clean dish towel; set aside for 20 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 440ºF.

  6. Bake the Focaccio for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  7. Serve with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!