750g Strong white bread flour
100ml extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling.
30g fresh yeast
400ml of warm water
1 tsp of sugar
1 Table spoon of sea salt preferably maldon.
Rosemary fresh or dried.
This recipe makes two small or one large Focaccia bread.
Put the full 750g of flour into a large mixing bowl. Next mix the water, oil, yeast, sugar and salt together until all has dissolved(separately from the flour).
Make a well/dip in middle of flour and pour the liquid in, now mix with a spoon until dough comes together. Don’t knead the dough if you want a soft focaccia.
Cover with cling film and put in a warm place to prove until doubled in size.
Next, Knock the dough back from the bowl and cut in half. Now Oil one large or two small baking trays with olive oil. You can be quite generous. Take the dough and just flatten and pull it out over the whole tray. Make some indentations with your fingertips on the top, sprinkle more olive oil on top and add chopped rosemary & seasalt. Leave in a warm place to prove again until doubled in size.
Tip. If you only have dried rosemary, microwave it with a little water. This softens it up and brings out the flavour.
After it has proved again place into a preheated oven at gas mark 6/200c for about 12-15 minutes or until top is golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and turn upside down so bottom doesn’t go soggy.
Making Focaccia Bread is a relaxing way to get in the kitchen. Quick and simple to make, causing minimal stress and delicious to eat.