Herbed Flatbread (Focaccia) Recipe

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Alvin
Alvin January 8, 2021
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How To Make Herbed Flatbread (Focaccia)

Herbed flatbread, often referred to as focaccia, is a savory Italian bread. This recipe will teach you how to make one at home with your choice of toppings.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 45 minutes
Serves:

Ingredients

For Bread:

  • cupswarm water
  • 1packactive dry yeast
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 4cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1tbspsalt
  • ½tspthyme,dried
  • ½tspblack pepper
  • ½tspfresh rosemary

For Toppings:

  • 8ozmixed tomato,to taste
  • fresh rosemary,to taste
  • cupcaramelized onion,to taste
  • 2cloves garlic,minced
  • 8ozmixed olive,to taste
  • parmesan cheese,to taste
  • mozzarella cheese,to taste
  • 4ozgorgonzola cheese,to taste

Instructions

  1. Stir yeast packet into water and allow yeast to bloom. (A light foam should appear on top of the water after about 5 minutes. This means the yeast is alive and active.)

  2. Add olive oil to water and mix.

  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper, and herbs together.

  4. Once incorporated, create a small well in the middle and pour in the water/yeast/oil mixture.

  5. Mix by hand, wetting working hand before mixing so the dough doesn’t stick. The water and flour should come together and form a rough dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  6. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour in small increments, about 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

  7. Once the dough begins to come together, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball.

  8. Coat the bowl the dough was initially mixed in with about a tablespoon of olive oil and place the dough ball inside. Give it a few turns to coat the dough in the oil.

  9. Cover and let the dough rise for about 1 hour, until it doubles in size.

  10. While the dough rises, prepare a large baking sheet by generously coating it with olive oil.

  11. Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten it out into a large rectangle.

  12. Using a knife or dough scraper, cut the dough into 4 evenly sized rectangles.

  13. Press the rectangles flat and arrange them with each one pressed into a corner of the baking sheet.

  14. Cover and let the dough rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F while the dough is resting.

  15. Using your fingers, poke the the dough all over–creating small dimples across the surface.

  16. Generously coat the tops of the dough rectangles one last time with olive oil. Use a basting brush to ensure all of the dough gets covered with olive oil.

  17. Top the dough rectangles with desired choice of toppings.

  18. Once finished with the toppings, liberally sprinkle the breads with a coarse salt.

  19. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

  20. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into equal pieces.

  21. Enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 680.20kcal
  • Fat: 19.11g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.81g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.35g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.68g
  • Carbohydrates: 105.81g
  • Fiber: 6.96g
  • Sugar: 3.12g
  • Protein: 21.12g
  • Cholesterol: 21.26mg
  • Sodium: 905.81mg
  • Calcium: 238.47mg
  • Potassium: 413.45mg
  • Iron: 8.11mg
  • Vitamin A: 91.75µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.90mg
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