How to make Focaccia - A bread flavoured with herbs and garlic.

This recipe is from the book Cakes and Bakes.

Main Ingredients : Refined flour, Fresh yeast (ताज़ी यीस्ट/ ख़मीर )

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Breads

Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity.  Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients.  They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine.  Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste.  This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.

For more recipes related to Focaccia checkout Baguette, Bread Rolls, Hot Cross Buns, Bhature . You can also find more Breads recipes like Fresh Herb Bread, Wholemeal Bread, Vegetable Parantha, Palak Kachori.

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Prep Time : 3.30-4 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Focaccia Recipe

  • Refined flour 3 3/4 cups

  • Fresh yeast 15 grams

  • Sugar 2 teaspoons

  • Extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons

  • Salt 2 teaspoons

  • Mixed herbs 1 teaspoon

  • FOR TOPPING

  • Garlic,chopped 10 cloves

  • Mixed herbs 1 teaspoon

  • Extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons

Method

Step 1

Lightly oil a large baking tray Mix the yeast with sugar and four tablespoons of lukewarm water and stir till it dissolves. Top it up with more lukewarm water to get one and a half cups of the mixture. Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl and make a well in the centre.

Step 2

Pour the yeast mixture into the well and mix in the flour to make a soft dough. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for eight to ten minutes, until smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place to rise for one to one and a half hours or until the dough has doubled in volume.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Knock back the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead in mix dried herbs and olive oil. Divide the dough into fifteen portions and shape each into a ball.

Step 4

Place balls on the prepared baking tray and pat each with fingertips into a thick five-inch round. Keep a little distance between each. Using your fingertips, poke the dough to make deep dimples over the entire surface.

Step 5

Sprinkle each focaccia evenly with garlic and mix dried herbs. Bake in the preheated oven for twenty five to thirty minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and brush with olive oil.

Step 6

Transfer them onto wire racks to cool slightly. Best served warm.

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