I’ve been dying to make focaccia bread. I saw this one on The Pioneer Woman.
But I don’t like olives, so I decided to make it my own.
Mr. 365 is actually the only one in the family who likes them, but if he thinks I’m making a whole batch of focaccia for the very first time for him, he’s got another thing coming!
It smelled so good and yummy as I was making it that I couldn’t wait to try it and thought I might not even be sharing with anyone, nevermind Mr. 365!!
Rosemary Garlic Focaccia – 2 loaves
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups very warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
Olive oil for drizzling
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
Sprinkle yeast over the warm water and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour and salt.
While the mixer is running on low speed, slowly pour in the olive oil until mixed in with flour.
Pour in yeast mixture and beat on low until just combined. Dough should come together in a sticky ball.
Don’t play with it. I know it’s football season, but refrain yourself. You’re going to have one nasty mess in your house if you start tossing this baby around.
I like how Ree stated this next step:
“Warm a non-metal mixing bowl in the microwave until warm. Coat it with a light drizzle of olive oil and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 1/2 hours.”
(I NEVER would have thought to put my bowl into the microwave to warm it up before placing the dough into it to rest. Ingenious!)
Prepare two rimmed baking sheets by drizzling them with olive oil and lightly wiping them with a paper towel.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface.
Divide dough in half and roll each into a large, thin oval or rectangle.
Place each half on a prepared baking sheet.
Sprinkle more olive oil on top.
Sprinkle sea salt on top of each and cover lightly with Parmesan cheese.
Drizzle with a little more olive oil.
NOTE: – I completely messed up and somehow skipped over this next step.
Cover each baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place for an hour.
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Remove plastic wrap from trays and press dimples all over the dough which will be puffy, by using your fingertips.
Sprinkle each with a little more olive oil and add touch more salt.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden.
Slice into pieces with a pizza wheel.
Oh, and I WILL be making this AGAIN!!