Thursday, January 22, 2009

Focaccia Bread

*** Recipe found on page 104 of Bake It Up! Desserts, Breads, Entire Meals & More by Rose Dunnington.

1 1/4 cup warm water
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
3 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian herbs
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
toppings of your choice (sliced yellow squash, purple onion, red bell pepper, sliced black olives)

Combine water, yeast, and half of the flour. Let rest for 5 minutes until it looks swampy. Add remaining flour, salt, garlic powder, herbs, and olive oil. Stir until you have shaggy dough.

Knead until smooth. Return to bowl. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 400. Drizzle about 1 tblsp. of olive oil onto baking sheet and spread it around with your hands. Punch down the dough and put it on the baking sheet. Drizzle a little more oil on top, and use your greasy hands to rub the dough into and even thickness.

Dimple the surface of the dough by poking it with your finger all over. Sprinkle the Parmesan and toppings on the dough. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the bread turns golden brown. Let cool slightly before slicing.

Makes 8-10 servings.

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