Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Focaccia Bread

A cold, but sunny, almost-winter day, perfect for baking bread. I guess that's one thing I like about winter. Possibly the only one. I discovered this Focaccia bread recipe from my friend Jesika, it's the Joy of Cooking's pizza dough but delicious-er.

Focaccia Bread
From Joy of Cooking

1 1/3 cups warm water
1 package active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Combine in a small bowl yeast and water. Let stand until the yeast is dissolved, about 5 minutes.

In a large bowl sift together flour, salt, and sugar. Add yeast mixture and stir until combined. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Divide dough into two and roll each piece out to 1/2" thickness rounds or squares. Cover dough in oil in a square baking dish or a round pie pan. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and place in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 10 minutes before baking, press the dough with your fingertips to make indentations all over the dough. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil. Top with 2 tablespoons grated cheese, such as Parmesan or Asiago, 1 teaspoon dried herbs, such as rosemary, dill, basil, thyme, or oregano or 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, minced, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt. Really, let your imagination run wild with toppings. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Makes two 8- or 9-inch round or square breads.

Serve warm, slathered with butter or slice horizontally to use as sandwich bread (if it sticks around long enough for that!).


  1. very nice...bread is my downfall...

  2. There's some pretty fancy photography in this post. Nice.

  3. Love the light on those kneading shots! :-)

  4. Your focaccia looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Great job! Kneading is so therapeutic.

    We got 8-10 inches of snow, and it's all sticking around. It turned to sleet for maybe an hour last night, so there's a nice icy crust on top of the snow, which makes it hard to shovel. Fingers crossed for a white Christmas! It's always a bummer when it gets unseasonably warm and we have a mini mud season this time of year.