After spending a month or so I fell in love with the fresh baked bread served with a large cup of extra strong coffee. I made foccacia a couple of times in between, when I had started baking. But I have started getting the satisfaction only recently.If you are new to baking breads, then you should start with this recipe
3 1/4 cups All purpose flour
2 cups tepid water
1/3 cup Olive oil
2 1/4 tspn rapid rise instant dry yeast
salt to taste
2 tspn Italian mix seasoning (Basil, Oregano, Rosemary)
1 tspn sea salt crushed (optional)
1 tspn chilly flakes
2 tbsp pitted olive rings
2 tbsp jalapeno rings
2 tbsp chopped tomatoes (optional)
1)Ferment the yeast as per the directions on your pack.
2) I can add mine directly to the flour.
3)Mix the flour, yeast,salt, seasoning well.
4) Add the oil and rub it well in the flour
5) Now add the water little at a time to make a sticky dough.
6)Knead it till it is nice and stretchy- about 7-8 min.
7) Cover the dough and let it rise till it doubles- it may take 45 min to 2 hours depending on your yeast
8)Now in greased baking dish, place the dough. Make depressions on the top.
9) Brush with little water or milk, sprinkle the topping – olives, chilli flakes, jalapenos, tomatoes.
10) Cover for about 10-15 min till it regains its doubled sized. This is important as the bread will not rise in the oven.
11) Place the baking sheet in a preheated oven at 210c for 15-20 min. Or till the top is colored
Serve warm. Reheating in microwave works very well for this type of bread.
I normally eat it with a drizzle of olive oil. I have some more variations , which I will share sometime