Friday, June 27, 2014

Easy Focaccia Bread

My family LOVES homemade bread and this one is very easy to make!  Trust me, if I can make it, so can you.

Focaccia Bread   (makes 1 1/2 pound loaf)
1 c. plus 3 TBS. very warm water
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 TBS. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
3 c. all-purpose flour (more or less)
additional oil
1 TBS. grated Parmesan cheese
garlic powder
salt and pepper
Italian seasoning

Add your warm water to a large bowl and add the yeast.  Stir to mix in the yeast.  Add your oil and salt and stir.  Then start adding in your flour, about 2 cups and stir until it becomes thick.

Sprinkle some additional flour on your workspace and dump out your dough on top.  Add flour, about 1/4 cup at a time and work into your dough by kneading.  There is no wrong way to knead.

Keep kneading the dough until it is no longer sticky, but adding additional flour as necessary.  Adding too much flour will make it tough to knead.

Spray the inside of another bowl with cooking spray or additional oil and place your dough in the bowl.  Turn the dough over and cover with plastic wrap.

Put in a warm place until doubled in size.  I placed my bowl on the stove and turn my vent hood light on.  When doubled in size, transfer dough to a greased baking sheet.  Pat into an 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch high.

Brush with oil; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning (all to your liking).

 Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Cut any way you desire and enjoy!

Oops!  I just realized in the final picture that I forgot to add my Parmesan to the bread before baking.  It still turned out yummy!

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