Easy Focaccia

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


This bread is probably the easiest yeast-bread you can make. It takes very little mixing and very little kneading. You can add any topping that you like and it'll be great. This bread is easily paired with some great dishes, spaghetti, lasagna, etc.



What you need (for the bread):

1 package dry active yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

In a small bowl, mix the water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit until bloomed (creamy looking and bubbly). Once that is done, in a large bowl combine the flour and the bloomed yeast. You may need to add a slight bit of water. Mix until it comes together. I usually use my hands (clean, of course).

Once it is together, turn it out on to a lightly floured surface and knead it for a couple minutes. You just want it to be smooth. It shouldn't take long. Once together, put into a large, clean, slightly oiled bowl to rise. You will want to cover it with a cloth and sit in a warm spot. You want it to rise for about 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 475. Deflate the dough and put it in a sheet tray that is oiled. Using the tips of your fingers, push the dough out to each corner. While you do this, make little indentions with your finger tips. This will hold the toppings better and make the bread come out even. Then you will want to brush it with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and add your toppings.

Bake at 475 for about 10-15 minutes, or until you like it.


Toppings:

- Sliced cherry and yellow tomatoes
- Basil
- Parmesan
- Garlic
- Caper stuffed olive (find them...they are the BEST)
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt



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