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Jun 15

Focaccia Bread

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PROCESS:

 

In a large mixing bowl, place warm water, yeast, olive oil, honey, garlic and chopped basil; allow to sit for ten minutes to activate the yeast. (Bloom)

 

Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture and mix to incorporate.

You may use a fancy mixer or do the whole thing by hand in a large bowl. If using a mixer, mix until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes. After the dough is mixed, pour out into a lightly floured surface and knead for about five - ten minutes.

 

Place into a lightly oiled bowl and roll the dough around to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let sit in a warm place until it has doubled in size, 30-60 minutes.

 

Punch dough down to remove the air. Split the dough in half and form it into two equal rounds. Place both on a greased pie pan. Rub the top of each round with olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped tomatoes, black olives, red onions, and parmesan cheese.

 

Allow the dough to proof a second time. When the dough has risen to twice its original size, bake it in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and cooked evenly through.

 

*Do Not add salt directly to the yeast or it will KILL the yeast.

*It's best to mix the salt into the flour BEFORE adding it to the yeast water

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

Makes 2 Loaves:

2 cups warm water-110 degrees

3 tablespoons dry yeast

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

6 cups flour

2 teaspoons salt

 

1 tomato, cored, seeded, chopped

1/3 cup sliced black olives

1/3 cup red onion, diced

shredded parmesan cheese

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