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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Italian Focaccia

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients. It is related to pizza, but not considered to be the same.  I make this super easy yeast bread several times a year, and never the same way twice.   I wanted a nice bread to side up with my Spaghetti Pie, so this is what I made – try it for yourself, and add chopped olives or other herbs and spices to accompany what you have in mind for your meal. 


Ingredients:

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (not hot)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon basil   (dried)
¼ teaspoon rosemary  (dried)
¼ teaspoon thyme  (dried)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Directions:

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1 cup of warm water and let proof – which means to let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.  You should see a few bubbles.  That tells you the yeast is good.


In a large standing mixer bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and then dry whisk to insure there is a good mix.   



 

Then attach bowl to mixer and insert a paddle and add the yeast/water mixture and the 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and mix on low until dough is smooth and elastic.


 Place dough in a greased bowl and cover.   Allow to rise until doubled in size (about 45 minutes).



Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Then, punch dough down and form into a flat “pie” and place into a deep dish pie or pizza baker that has been liberally sprinkled with cornmeal – or you could use a rectangular baking pan as well.   Allow to rest for about 10 minutes and then brush lightly with olive oil, prick all over with fork tines and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. 

 
Place in oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.   Cut into wedges and serve warm.

                                  Enjoy !!!!



With a meatball and sauce or....


With some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, fresh herbs and chopped olives.....

Or with a slice of Spaghetti Pie !!!

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