Wednesday, March 17, 2010

This Bread is Easy to Make

This bread is a wonderfully different bread to serve with anything Italian, or any dish. Or by itself. Because it might not make it to the table. Your family might eat it all while you're taking pictures of it. So snap your pictures very, very quickly.

Garlic-Parmesan Focaccia

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 package) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • topping: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese, and 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • cornmeal for dusting baking sheet
How it's Done:
  1. Proof yeast by combining it with the water and the sugar and letting it sit for ten minutes. Mixture should double in volume.
  2. Add salt, flour, and 1 Tbsp olive oil. Mix until all the flour is incorporated.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled, or about an hour.
  5. Punch down dough. Divide in half. Form each half into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet which has been dusted lightly with cornmeal. Cover and let rest ten minutes.
  6. Press or roll each ball into an 8" circle. Press your fingertips into the dough to make indentations every couple of inches. Let dough rest, covered, about twenty minutes, or until doubled in size again.
  7. Drizzle each round with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp shredded parmesan and 1 minced garlic clove on each round.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, until puffed up and browned.
  9. Cut into wedges and serve warm.


Risa said...

Ooo I'm drooling. I'd eat the loaf before I got to take my own pictures!

Andrea said...

I want this and I want it now!! It looks SO GOOD all golden and crusty. Mmmm :)

tunamarie said...

I do believe ill make this as my first bread

Amy said...

I can't wait to make this, I want to jump through the screen and eat it right now!

Kathy said...


Nirmala said...

What a great blog!

Michelle said...

Nirmala, thank you!

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