Focaccia is one of the most delicious and easy breads you can make. You can get super creative with it or keep it simple and it will always come out tasting amazing. Just a few pantry staples mixed together and you have yourself a tasty treat to impress whoever your sharing with!
What You'll Need
20g yeast yeast or 10g dried
500g luke warm water
700g OO’ flour
20g sea salt
15g castor sugar
1 red onion
½ bunch rosemary
2 garlic cloves sliced
200g olive oil roughly you can use more or less if you want
Pepper freshly ground
First we make the dough.
Mix the water, yeast and sugar in the bowl first, followed by flour, then salt.
Put on mixer with dough hook and need for about 10 minutes to build up the gluten.your dough should form a ball and come away from the edges.
Leave the dough to prove until double in size, about 2 hours.
Here is where you can get creative! You can pretty much put anything you want on this and it will be delish. In this recipe I've put my favourite combination of ingredients that I absolutely love on this fluffy dough.
First slice your red onion as thin as possible and do the same with your garlic. Pick your rosemary off the stem.
Set your oven to 190c.
Once your dough has doubles in size get your chosen baking tray and line it with parchment paper. Fill the bottom with about 200g olive oil.
Knock your dough back then turn it out into the oiled tray flipping it to make sure both sides coated in the oil. Push it out to the sides so its nice and even.
Next spread all your toppings on pushing them into the dough, finish with some maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Leave to prove again for about 1-2 hours, until its risen to the top of your baking tray.
Place on the middle rack of your oven for half an hour. After that remove the focaccia from the baking tray be careful it will be hot! and bake for a further ten minutes until nice and golden and crunchy all around. If you done feel confident in doing this it's fine to bake for a further 10 minutes left in the tray.
Leave to cool, then slice and enjoy!
This bread is very tasty on its own but can be used for some many things. try it for sandwiches or top with some chopped tomato and anchovy.