Foccacia Bread

A delightful and easy to make bread. The possibilities for enhancing and utilizing it as a component in main dishes are endless.
Prep Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Keyword: Bread, Foccacia, Italian, makecaloriesgreatagain, mcga
Cooking Method: Baked
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Flour I used all purpose
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil I used a garlic infused
  • 1 cup Water Warm, but not too hot
  • 2.25 tsp Yeast 1 packet
  • 1/4 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Thyme Optional Topping – Dried
  • 1 tsp Rosemary Optional Topping – Dried
  • 1 ea Salt Optional Topping
  • 1 ea Pepper Optional Topping

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Combine the yeast, water, and honey in a large bowl. Stir until mixed. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Stir until smooth.
  • Let sit for 5 more minutes.
  • Add the remaining flour and salt.
  • Stir until well mixed.
  • With well floured hands and a surface, knead the dough until it forms a nice ball.
  • Apply olive oil to the inside of a bowl. Liberally roll the ball in the oil so that it is well coated.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
  • It should at least have doubled in size after resting.
  • Generously apply olive oil to the bottom and sides of a 9" X 13" pan or baking dish.
  • Gently stretch the dough to fit the interior of your pan.
  • Cover and let sit again for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • The dough should have risen nicely some more. Place the covered bread into the fridge for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours.
  • Use your fingers to create divots in the dough. Set your oven for 450 degrees.
  • Apply the remaining olive oil over the surface of the dough. Add any toppings you'd like (I used thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper). Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The top of the bread should be slight browned and crispy when done.
  • Serve and enjoy! Balsamic vinegar / flavored vinegar are great for dipping. Store any leftovers tightly wrapped in your fridge for up to a couple days.
  • This is an example of a breakfast sandwich I made with some of the leftover bread. So many possibilities!
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