FOCCACIA BREAD

 

  • Cooking Time: 35
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time:

Ingredients

  • Basic Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 ounce (1 package) yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (you may need more to achieve the smooth elasticity)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chiffonade of basil or dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Reggiano Parmesean cheese (do not substitute any type of parmesean cheese)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle yeast over and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • In a mixer bowl with the dough hook attached, add 3 cups of the flour, salt and yeast mixture. Slowly mix the dough together.
  • Increase the speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes, adding the additional flour until the dough is a smooth ball.
  • Place in an oiled bowl, cover and set aside to rise for 3 hours; a good place for this is your oven with the oven light turned on.
  • Remove dough from bowl and place onto an oiled 9 x 13 sheet pan. Spread dough out to edges of pan, cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Make "dimples" in the dough with your fingers. Drizzle the dough with olive oil, sprinkle on basil and cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is foolproof and so delicious. It makes a 9"x13" piece which can be cut up into squares and frozen for your next pinini sandwich!

Categories: Bread  Bread 

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