Saturday, February 8, 2014

SIMPLE FOCACCIA


~ Dine & Dish

2 3/4 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 3/4 t. active dry yeast
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. pepper
1 T. vegetable oil
1 c. warm water
2 T. olive oil
toppings of your choice

    • In large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar, yeast, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix in vegetable oil and water, stirring until dough has pulled together. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.

    • Lightly oil a large bowl and place dough in it, turning to coat with oil. Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm place 25 minutes.

    • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Punch dough down and place on greased baking sheet.  Pat into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle.  Use your knuckle to make indentations in the dough about 1/2-inch apart, then prick the dough all over with fork. Brush top with olive oil, then sprinkle with your choice of toppings.

    • Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown.
Notes: I use olive oil and/or vegetable oil and my bread turns out great, even when it doesn't really rise much before baking. We've used parmesan, basil, Italian seasoning, and/or pepper for our toppings so far. We've also used the focaccia as a pizza crust.  


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