Monday, February 14, 2011

Focaccia Bread

This is a quick, easy, and delicious bread! My family likes to cut it into "strips" and dip into olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Yum!

1 cup warm water (~110 degrees)
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
pinch ground black pepper
1 3/4 cup bread flour (or all-purpose)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
olive oil
dried rosemary
parmesan cheese

Measure out warm water - add yeast and sugar and mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes to proof (it will get bubbly). Assemble other ingredients while waiting.

Pour yeast mixture into mixing bowl. Add the vegetable oil, all the herbs, then the flour and salt. Mix well with wooden spoon until it pulls together. Place bread on lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Drizzle some olive oil in mixing bowl, turn dough in it to coat, then cover with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Punch dough down; place in baking sheet coated with cooking spray (I use a 10x14 sheet pan and it's perfect). Pat the dough into a 1/2" thick rectangle. Brush the top with olive oil then sprinkle with coarse salt, parmesan cheese, and rosemary. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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