Friday, October 30, 2009

Kinda like pizza, but not really

For the last few months, I've been poring over this great recipe blog called Joyful Abode. I have book marked about 20 recipes, but have yet to make any of them...until today!

I thought I'd start with this simple recipe for focaccia bread. Focaccia bread is delicious. It's great as a snack, it's good with soup, salad, or dipped in tomato sauce or pesto. It's easy to make because it doesn't require any kneading, and though it's a yeast bread, it only requires 1 hour of rising, so it's not as time consuming as regular bread recipes.

Sorry again for the lack of pictures this week!

Focaccia Bread (by Emily of a Joyful Abode)
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 4 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 3 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil + more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium tomato
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
Directions
  1. Start with 1 1/2 cups of warm water and add 4 teaspoons of active dry yeast.
  2. Stir until dissolved
  3. In the large mixing bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, and the yeast-water.
  4. Beat on high for about a minute to a minute and a half (I would say don’t try this recipe unless you have a standing mixer / you don’t mind putting in the arm power with a dough whisk. My handheld mixer didn’t quite do the trick!)
  5. Drizzle a 9” x 13” pan with some olive oil and brush it all around.
  6. Scoop the sticky dough into the pan with a spatula and lightly pat it around until it’s situated. Don’t worry about it going all the way to the edges.
  7. Grab your saran wrap and tear off a sheet to cover the dough with. Hold it up and give it a light spray of pam.
  8. Cover the bread dough with the saran wrap and let it rise for an hour.
  9. After about 45 minutes, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. In a small mixing bowl, combine parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, and garlic salt.
  11. Thinly slice your tomato into as many slices as you can get.
  12. Now that your dough is puffy, use a fork to make little holes all over it.
  13. Drizzle the top with olive oil, sprinkle half of your seasoning, lay your tomatoes on top, and top with the rest of your seasoning.
  14. Pop your dish in the oven and in 35 minutes you’ve got golden brown focaccia bread.
Served with Pacific Natural Foods Tomato Soup!

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