Focaccia is an Italian bread that is flat oven-baked and similar in style and texture to the pizza. In somewhere it is also called “Pizza Bianca”. Focaccia can be served as sandwich bread or as a side dish.
To make focaccia bread you only need a few simple ingredients. But it comes together into the most beautifully soft and favorable bread. Perfect to a side of soup, to have with a cheese platter, or just to simply enjoy on its own.
Focaccia is so versatile so you can use anything you have in your cupboard to flavor it, balsamic and caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, and olives, sweet chili sauce, or just simply olive oil, all so delicious in their own way.
Prep time: 2 hours 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 2 hours 40 mins
Recipe type: Bread
EQUIPMENT FOR THIS RECIPE
- 2 tsp / 7g Active Dry Yeast
- 1 Cup / 250ml Warm Water
- 3½ Cups / 450g Bread Flour or High-Grade Flour
- 2 tsp Salt
- 3 tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 3 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp / 45ml + 30ml Olive Oil
- 1 Sprig Rosemary
- Mix together the active dry yeast and warm water in a small bowl. Leave for 10-15 minutes for the yeast to activate. You’ll know it’s ready when the top is foamy and bubbly.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer measure out the flour, salt, and olive oil. Pour in the activated yeast and water mixture and stir until combined.
- Tip your dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is soft, smooth, and elastic. It may need a little more water or flour here if it’s too dry or too sticky.
- Shape the dough into a ball or place it in an oiled bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise somewhere warm until it has doubled in volume.
- Pour two tablespoons of olive oil onto a rimmed baking sheet. Around 12-14″ or 30-35cm long and 8-10″ or 20-25cm wide. Add the dough and press it into an even layer using your fingertips.
- Cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 45 minutes to an hour or until it has doubled in volume.
- When you are ready to bake the focaccia preheat your oven to 200C / 400F. Press your fingertips into the risen dough to create dimples all over.
- Pour over the three tablespoons of olive oil, add the sprigs of rosemary and sprinkle over the salt. Bake the Focaccia for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the tray immediately and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Sources include: USDA
Amount Per 100 grams
- Calories 250
- Total Fat 8 g 12%
- Saturated fat 0.9 g 4%
- Trans fat regulation 0 g
- Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
- Sodium 561 mg 23%
- Potassium 114 mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate 36 g 12%
- .Dietary fiber 1.8 g 7%
- Sugar 1.8 g
- Protein 9 g 18%
- Vitamin C 0%
- Calcium 3%
- Iron 17%
- Vitamin D 0%
- Vitamin B-65%
- Cobalamin 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Is Focaccia Bread healthy?
As focaccia bread produces a good amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so it is good for health. Rather focaccia also provides complex carbohydrates that give energy to your body and also maintains the sugar level.
Can we refrigerate focaccia bread?
The best way to store the focaccia bread is at room temperature. Covered focaccia bread in plastic wrap. For extra protection use an additional layer of foil.
What is the difference between focaccia and simple bread?
The only difference is of the ingredients focaccia is made up of strong flour( means high gluten) extra virgin oil, yeast, spices, pepper, and salt.
You can leave the Focaccia to slow rise in the fridge overnight, this will give it more flavor. Let it come back up to room temperature before placing it in the oven.
Swap out the olive oil, rosemary, and salt for other options like caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, or sweet chili sauce!
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