Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Focaccia Bread



I first saw this recipe on hotpolkadot.com, and couldn't believe that I could make Focaccia Bread in my food processor!  I already love my food processor, and if it could also make delicious bread that would be beyond amazing!




The recipe originally came from The New Food Processor Bible, I think I need to get my hands on this soon!




The dough comes together so incredibly quickly.  All that is left after that is the rising time and then to brush it with some extra flavour and then bake.




If you are looking for delicious warm bread to serve with dinner, or to make awesome grilled sandwiches with, definitely give this a shot soon.  If you have never worked with yeast doughs before, this is definitely a great way to start!


Focaccia Bread

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp basil 
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 warm water
  • For the top of the bread:
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, diced
    • basil to taste
    • thyme to taste
    • rosemary to taste
    • salt and pepper
  1. In a small bowl dissolve the sugar and 1/2 cup of warm water
  2. Sprinkle the tablespoon of active dry yeast over the sugar and warm water, and let stand for 10 minutes (until it is nice and foamy)
  3. Set up your food processor with the dough blade (usually the plastic blade), and add the flour, salt, basil, thyme, rosemary, and olive oil. Pulse to mix.
  4. Give the yeast/water mixture a stir and then mix it in with the other ingredients in the food processor.
  5. Turn the food processor to 'on', and then slowly pour in the 3/4 cup of warm water
  6. When the dough becomes solid, let the food processor continue for about 30 seconds to knead
  7. Remove the dough and knead it for another couple of minutes on the counter until it is nice and smooth
  8. Grease a large bowl, and place the ball of dough into the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise until it has doubled (this took me about one hour)
  9. After the dough has risen, punch it down and then place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  10. Shape the dough into a large oval, and then let it rise (while covered with a kitchen towel) until it has doubled again (this takes about 30 - 45 minutes)
  11. After the dough has doubled a second time, mix together the olive oil and garlic in a small bowl
  12. Make small indentations in the dough with your finger all over the surface, and then brush it with the olive oil/garlic mixture
  13. Sprinkle on the basil, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper all over the surface
  14. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  15. Bake the focaccia bread for 25 - 30 minutes until it is a beautiful golden brown
  16. Enjoy!

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