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Focaccia Bread

Ingredients


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water (about 110°F or 45°C)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)

  • Coarse salt, for sprinkling

  • Optional: Fresh rosemary, garlic, or olives for topping


Instructions


  1. Prepare the Dough: In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir until the dough comes together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.

  2. First Rise: Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it's smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

  3. Shape the Dough: After the dough has risen, punch it down and transfer it to an oiled baking sheet. Stretch it out to an even thickness, about ½ inch thick. Cover and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

  5. Add Toppings: Before baking, dimple the dough with your fingertips. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle coarse salt over the top. You can also add rosemary, sliced garlic, or olives if desired.

  6. Bake the Focaccia: Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

  7. Cool and Serve: Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Enjoy your homemade focaccia with a dip like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or use it for sandwiches. The beauty of focaccia is in its versatility and the ability to add your favorite herbs and toppings!

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