Focaccia is one of the most common italian oven- baked bread products.
Similar in style and texture to pizza dough, but slightly taller and softer, this is one of the easiest italian recipes and can be used as an appetiser, side dish or sandwich bread.
It is also a tasty, cheap and easy to make party food, that can be prepared in advance.
It is usually topped with herbs, potatoes, cold cuts or grilled vegetables.
Ingredients for the Rosemary Focaccia:
White Flour 470 g
Yeast 5-7 g
Sugar 16 g
Water (slightly warmer than room temperature) 230 g
Whole milk (slightly warmer than room temperature) 115 g
Extra virgin olive oil 45 g
Salt 12 g
And to season the top…
Extra virgin olive oil 40 g
Preparation of the Rosemary Focaccia:
Begin by mixing together yeast and sugar, then pour the mix, together with the flour, into a bowl.
Mix together water and milk and then add the liquid very slowly to the mixture while stirring.
Add the oil, again very slowly, keep on stirrring until you notice that the dough has taken a little consistency.
Pour salt and continue to knead for about 15 minutes, until the dough is well-strung. The dough should be very hydrated.
Pour the mixture on a work surface lightly floured and give it a couple of folds: raise a flap on one side and bring it to the center. Then raise the other end and bring this also in the middle. Repeat once more.
Pour the mixture back into a bowl. Put the bowl in the oven, turn the lights on and let rise for 2 hours or until the dough has doubled.
Grease a baking dish, carefully brushing the entire surface and along the edges.
If you want to make sure the focaccia does not stick to the pan, you can also use oven paper, and grease it very slightly with olive oil.
Pour the mixture inside thee baking dish and grease your fingertips so that the dough does not stick to them.
Begin to straighten the dough with the fingertips, distribute it until it covers the entire surface and sides of the baking pan.
When finished, let the dough rise for another hour in the oven, turned off but with the light on.
Sprinkle the surface of your focaccia with oil, rosemary and salt.
Bake at 180 ° for about 35-40 minutes.
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