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Friday, May 29, 2009

Golden Focaccia

I've tried to make focaccia before, but was never really happy with the taste. This recipe, however, is absolutely perfect!!

Start out with your favorite bread recipe (if that's frozen dough from the supermarket, go for it!!). I used 100% whole wheat bread dough and it was mahvelous!

Using enough dough for one loaf of bread, roll dough out into a rectangle. Grease your baking sheet and sprinkle with corn meal.

Carefully place your dough into your pan and continue rolling until it fits. It doesn't have to go all the way to the edges. If the dough fights you and keeps springing back to a smaller size, let it rest for 5-10 minutes and then roll it some more.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 2 hours. (The first time I made this, I left it on the counter while I went to church for three hours. It worked great!)

Now, with the fingers of one hand, dimple the dough all over.

The very most basic seasoning is to drizzle with 2 T. olive oil and sprinkle with 1 t. kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can add anything you like!!! I first sprinkled mine with 3-4 cloves of smashed garlic, roughly chopped, then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and one big pinch of Herbs de Provence. Fresh thyme, basil, or rosemary would also be wonderful! You can even put on black olives or chunks of torn fresh mozzarella. You could also try chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

Preheat your oven to 425° and bake for 20 minutes, checking after 15 minutes to make sure it's not getting too brown. Mine went for 20.

Cut into squares and enjoy!!

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