So who doesn’t love foccacia bread? This is what I served with tea tonight .. Oh so good on it’s own (by ‘on it’s own, I mean served hot with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) or served with a meal .. This tasty bread is so simple to make, you will wonder why you’ve paid $5 a loaf up til now ..
Cooked foccacia bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar ready to gobble:
1.5t yeast granules
1c warm water (not hot! 1/3 c boiling water to 2/3c cold water is about right or else you kill the yeast)
2t white sugar
1 T olive oil
2.5 c plain flour – plus a little more as required
Measure the yeast, warm water, sugar, salt and olive oil into a large bowl with half the flour and mix gently.
Cover with cling wrap and leave for at least fifteen minutes in a warm place.
(I heat the oven to 80 deg and turn it off .. it’s now warm and ideal for bread-making)
Mix in the remaining flour, kneading to make a smooth and elastic dough.
Probably will take a good 5mins.
Oil a glass bowl and plonk in the kneaded dough, cover with plastic / cling wrap and leave in a warm place for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
If using my oven idea, you may need to re-heat the oven while you’re kneading the dough.
Once it’s “proved”, knead the dough for a minute in the bowl to reduce the size of any big air bubbles and then shape into “foccacia” bread shape.
In a sep bowl, mix the following:
1/2 c pitted kalamata olives, sliced in half
3T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed or finely chopped
2T fresh, or 1T dried, rosemary
1/2 t black pepper
1 t salt (maldon, ideally)
1 caramelised onion (optional)
1/4 red capsicum (roasted)
10 pitted black olives*
Push the 10 olives* deep down into the top of the dough, spaced evenly. (They’ll pop off otherwise!)
Mix all the remaining topping ingredients together and brush / scatter over the surface of the dough.
Put the bread on an oiled oven tray and pre-heat the oven to 210 deg.
It is ok to do it in this order – the dough resting on the tray will simply get better and better!
Cook for 12-15 mins til golden.