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foccacia bread recipe

Italians know food, and their bread is no exception.  This foccacia is perfect for soaking up any leftover sauce from your pasta or for making a delicious hearty sandwich.  The texture is firm and just tough enough, it’s deliciously flavored from the herbs and the parmesan, and it’s insanely easy to make.  If you don’t have a lot of time, but love fresh baked bread – this is the one for you.

from: ben rayl, in copenhagen dk

foccacia with herbs and parmesan

By 03/29/2013

  • Yield : 1 large, flat loaf

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put the water in a small bowl, stir in the yeast and sugar and let sit until bubbly, about 5 - 6 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, pepper and herbs.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour, pour in the yeast mixture and 1 tbsp of the olive oil and stir together with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic - about 8 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball, put in a clean large bowl and drizzle a little oil on top.  Roll the ball around to cover completely with oil, then cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 425 F (220 C) and cover a baking sheet with baking paper, then spray or grease the paper.
  • Punch the dough down, then turn out onto the baking paper and pat into a large 1/2 " (1 cm) rectangle.
  • Use your fingers to gently poke the dough, making indentations all over the bread, then prick gently with a fork.
  • Brush the top of the bread with the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, then sprinkle on the parmesan and fresh herbs, if using.
  • Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes, until golden brown.
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