Monday, April 27, 2015

Basic Focaccia Bread


Basic Focaccia Bread

         Focaccia is a type of flat Italian bread that is baked in the oven. The term focaccia is derived from the latin Panis focacius which means bread that is baked in the ashes. Focaccia can be topped with a variety of toppings ranging from rosemary and sea salt to different types of cheese, herbs, vegetables and even fruit.

        This lovely recipe was challenged by Rachael of pizzarossa and Sawsan of  chefindisguise for "Daring Bakers". And this is my first time in baking focaccia bread and I love the texture, flavor of it.  Thanks Rachael and Sawsan for this wonderful recipe and I am sharing the same for Blogging Marathon.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 
Servings: 8 slices 
Adapted from here

Ingredients:
2-3/4 cups (660 ml) (385 gm) (13½ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) white sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (8½ gm) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) garlic powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) dried oregano
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
1¼  cups (300 ml) milk 
2 tablespoon (30 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 

Method:
1.  In a bowl mix the milk, yeast and sugar and wait until it becomes foamy and bubbly. 
2.  In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, , garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil,  parmesan cheese and black pepper.



3. Mix in the vegetable oil, then add the milk-yeast mixture. Using stand mixer or with a wooden spoon, Mix in till the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic  or run stand-mixer at setting "2" for 10 minutes with dough hook to knead the dough.




4.  Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. 


5.  At the end of proofing time,  preheat oven to hot 450°F/230°C/gas mark 8. Punch dough down the dough; place on greased baking sheet.
6.  Pat into a ½ -inch (15 mm) thick rectangle or any shape you desire. Use your fingertips to give the dough the dimples effect, pushing gently all over the surface of the dough.



7.  Place any topping or  Brush top generously with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and oregano.
8. Allow the dough to rest for 10-15 minutes.
9. Bake in preheated hot 450°F/230°C/gas mark 8 oven for 15 minutes, or until the sides begin to brown then place under the broiler (grill) till the top becomes golden brown. Serve warm.



Basic Focaccia Bread

Preparation time: 15 minutes 

Baking time: 
Servings: 8 slices 
Adapted from here

Ingredients:
2-3/4 cups (660 ml) (385 gm) (13½ oz) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) white sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (8½ gm) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) garlic powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) dried oregano
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (3 gm) dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
1¼  cups (300 ml) milk
2 tablespoon (30 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Method:
1.  In a bowl mix the milk, yeast and sugar and wait until it becomes foamy and bubbly.
2.  In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, , garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil,  parmesan cheese and black pepper.
3. Mix in the vegetable oil, then add the milk-yeast mixture. Using stand mixer or with a wooden spoon, Mix in till the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic  or run stand-mixer at setting "2" for 10 minutes with dough hook to knead the dough.
4.  Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
5.  At the end of proofing time,  preheat oven to hot 450°F/230°C/gas mark 8. Punch dough down the dough; place on greased baking sheet.
6.  Pat into a ½ -inch (15 mm) thick rectangle or any shape you desire. Use your fingertips to give the dough the dimples effect, pushing gently all over the surface of the dough.
7.  Place any topping or  Brush top generously with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and oregano.
8. Allow the dough to rest for 10-15 minutes.
9. Bake in preheated hot 450°F/230°C/gas mark 8 oven for 15 minutes, or until the sides begin to brown then place under the broiler (grill) till the top becomes golden brown. Serve warm.
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Basic Focaccia Bread


17 comments:

Suma Gandlur said...

That looks good and it sounds flavorful.

Srividhya said...

Lovely focaccia. Yumm

Srivalli said...

Even I made it for the first time this BM and enjoyed it so much..your basic one looks so good..

Veena Theagarajan said...

In my to do list for loong time.. Looks perfect

juliana said...

looks delicious, and it was a very yummy callenge!

Mayuri Patel said...

focaccia looks good. I too love baking focaccia and love the numerous toppings one can use.

Priya Suresh said...

Prefect crumb and beautiful crust, focaccia rocks..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow perfectly made bread yum...

vaishali sabnani said...

One of my favourite breads, the focaccia looks perfectly baked.

Usha said...

Such a flavorful bread. I made focaccia long time ago and seeing you bake it this month, I am tempted to bake t again.

Harini-Jaya R said...

We love focaccia bread and the flavors you used are tempting.

Srividhya said...

This focaccia bread is one of the popular recipe in this BM huh?? Lovely

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

beautifully and delicious bread!!!

Pavani N said...

Lovely focaccia bread. Sounds flavorful and delicious.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Perfect looking focaccia. Love all those spices in it...

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

What a lovely post! Looks delicious :)

Priya Srinivasan said...

One of the easiest and versatile bread!!! A perfect meal when paired with a warm bowl of soup!