Easy Focaccia Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup warm water (about 110°F*)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or Pizza Seasoning (optional)
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) package active-dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • flaked sea salt or Kosher salt
  • Italian Seasoning or Dried Basil or fresh herbs like Rosemary or Basil
Instructions
For Making in a Bread Machine
  1. Add ingredients into the Bread Machine container in the following order--water, olive oil, flour, sugar, salt, seasonings and yeast.
  2. Set on the Dough Cycle and press start.
  3. When dough is finished, place in a 9 or 10 inch round baking dish that has been prepared with cooking spray or a little olive oil. Pat into a circle all the way to the edges of the dish.
  4. Cover with a piece of greased plastic wrap or parchment paper and let rise for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough. Poke deep holes about an inch apart all over the top of the dough.
  7. Brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with extra herbs or seasonings.
  8. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve warm with olive oil and cracked black pepper or your favorite dipping oil.
For Making with a Stand or Hand Mixer
  1. In a medium bowl for a stand mixer add warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and give a couple of stirs to combine.
  2. Let the mixture rest for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is bubbly.
  3. Using the dough attachment on your mixer, start mixing the yeast mixture on low speed.
  4. Gradually start adding the flour, then the olive oil, salt and 1 teaspoon of seasoning.
  5. Increase speed a few more notches but not higher than medium speed.
  6. Mix the dough for 5 minutes until it starts to pull away from the side of the bowl. If the dough is too wet or sticky, add a little more flour. (1-2 tablespoons)
  7. Remove dough from the mixing bowl and form into a bowl. Place in a clean bowl that has been greased with olive oil or cooking spray.
  8. Cover the bowl with a damp, non fuzzy kitchen towel and place in a warm location for 1 hour or until the dough has nearly doubled in size. Carefully place the dough in a 9 or 10 inch round baking dish that has been prepared with cooking spray or a little olive oil. Pat into a circle all the way to the edges of the dish.
  9. Cover with a piece of greased plastic wrap or parchment paper and let rise for 20 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  11. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough. Poke deep holes about an inch apart all over the top of the dough.
  12. Brush with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with extra herbs or seasonings.
  13. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Serve warm with olive oil and cracked black pepper or your favorite dipping oil.
Recipe by The Memorable Kitchen at http://thememorablekitchen.com/easy-focaccia-bread/