Monday, May 17, 2010

Focaccia Bread

This is so easy and great with a pasta dish or to make into sandwiches. I put mine to raise on parchment paper in the middle of the stove with a damp dish towel covering it. It seemed like it rose really fast because I was cooking other things for dinner. Mine took less than 15 minutes to bake. I checked the bottom with a spatula to see if it was just browned.

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 all-purpose, 1/2 whole wheat)
1 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher)
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella


1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.

2. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

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