Focaccia bread recipe

Focaccia bread recipe

Prep time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 3 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Bread, Lunch, Snack
This is an easy to prepare loaf of focaccia bread that can be customised to your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 500g strong white flour (Can sub 50g of flour for strong wholemeal for a granary feel)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 150ml warm water
  • 150ml olive oil

Directions

Step 1
Begin by mixing the dried yeast with the water and allow to stand for a few minutes. Put the flour and salt in a bowl, and make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast mixture. With your hand used like a claw, mix the flour in from the sides of the well and keep going, adding the olive oil as required to achieve a soft, sticky dough. Turn the dough out into an oiled surface and knead for a good 10 minutes to achieve a smooth, almost silky texture.
Step 2
Place the dough into a warmed and lightly oiled bowl (with lots of room for growth) and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place until risen and at least doubled in size. Approx 1-2 hours)
Step 3
Knock back the dough and turn out into a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly and form into the desired loaf shape. For focaccia, shape into an oblong shape and push your finger into the dough to create regularly space indents. Place on a floured baking tray and cover with a dry tea towel and leave to rise again (15-30 minutes depending on how warm the room is).
Step 4
Finish your loaf by pushing in the indents again, drizzle on more olive oil on top, rub in some finely chopped garlic and sprinkle some maldon sea salt on top. Optional toppings: sundried tomatoes, olives, pesto, red onions, rosemary, thyme.
Step 5
Place a tray of cold water into the bottom of the oven on the shelf underneath the bread, The evaporating water will help the bread to rise. Place the load into a hot oven 180 celsius for about 40 minutes until well slightly risen and a nice golden brown. Place the hot loaf onto a wire rack to cool.