Rosemary, garlic, and bread. And a ton of olive oil….how can you go wrong with that? Focaccia is the simplest bread to make – it’s essentially pizza dough, with extra oil and seasonings. It is good plain, but even better with a generous Tablespoon of rough chopped rosemary and thinly sliced garlic.
Although I sometimes like to be a hero and mix my bread dough by hand, I typically let the KitchenAid mixer do the heavy work. There is nothing meditative or relaxing about kneading dough while contending with a very busy 3 year old. So the next step is to get out your stand mixer (or bowl and wooden spoon, if you don’t have a toddler) and add in your flour, yeast, salt and oil.
With the dough hook, mix the ingredients for a minute or two, then add in the water. Turn the mixer up to medium low, and find something else productive to do for 5 to 7 minutes.Oil a 9 inch baking pan with about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Dump the sticky dough into the pan, and then use wet fingers to press the dough into a disk. Water or oil on your fingertips works well for this. Tightly cover with Stretch-Tite (because it’s the only brand of plastic wrap that actually works…) and allow to rise for about an hour. When the dough has risen, take off the plastic wrap and give it a good poke. About a dozen or so, with your finger or the handle of a wooden spoon. At this point, you should go ahead and preheat your oven to 425F. You should also douse your bread in olive oil….or drizzle….whatever fat level you prefer. I use about a Tablespoon – but a little more, is good too. You can also sprinkle the bread with salt, pepper, dried Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, etc. When the oven is ready, give the pan a good swirl – to dislodge some of the oil from the holes. Then bake until golden brown, and everyone in the house is drooling. Let it cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before you cut and serve.
- 2 Cups flour (unbleached all-purpose)
- 1 Cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 1 Tablespoon rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon chopped garlic
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