Friday, January 31, 2014

FOODQT: Foccacia Bread

Foccacia???Who?? Bless You...

Foccacia with Jalapenos

Foccacia served like breadsticks

Ok, so here's the deal, Foccacia Bread, big fancy word for an italian fluffy flatbread sprinkled with cheese and your favorite topping. No biggie right? Not at all- so easy to make.

This was actually my first time making foccacia bread without a bread machine. Didn't even take as long as I thought and didn't break my bank. The total for this delicious bread was maybe $5, using your basic baking staples in your pantry.

My husband, ask me why did I pick this for my first recipe? It wasn't just because I made it today, but because I wanted to share a recipe that sometimes seems out of reach to make. Too many steps- scare people away, right? Knowing how mix and where to stir, soon will become normal things to do and pretty soon, You'll be saying Foccacia too! lol

Prep: 30 min; Rise: 1 hr; Bake: 20 min; makes 2 flatbreads,

This bread is known as the Italian flatbread. The dough makes wonderful breadsticks,pizzas, and loaves.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose Don't use self-rising flour
2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves or italian seasoning
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package regular or quick active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 cup hot water
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 of your topping (optional, cheese is fine too)

1. Mix 1 cup of the flour, the rosemary, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons oil and the warm water. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is soft. (sometimes a little extra hot water is needed to keep dough soft during mixing process)

2. In a shallow bowl, knead for 5 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Place dough in large bowl greased with magarine, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place about 30 minutes.

3. After 30 minutes, go back to bowl and push fist into dough to deflate. Let rise again for 30 minutes.

4. Grease a cookie sheets or 12-inch pizza pans with small amount of oil or butter.

5. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a flattened round or square on cookie sheet. A

5. Heat oven to 400°. Gently make depressions about 2 inches apart in dough with fingers. Carefully brush with 2 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with cheese. Add your toppings and Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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