Easy Italian Focaccia Bread for a Crowd

Cheryl Jacobs

By
@mimijacobs

Don't be intimidated by this recipe! It's the easiest and fastest I've ever made! Great for making party sandwiches with my roasted garlic chicken salad and homemade pesto!


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Serves:

A Crowd!

Prep:

2 Hr

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
bread flour
1 1/2 c
unbleached white flour
2 tsp
salt
1 Tbsp
granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp
active dry yeast (2pkgs)
1 1/3 c
water, warm
3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
2 Tbsp
chopped fresh rosemary or basil
2 Tbsp
freshly grated parmesan

Directions Step-By-Step

1
DO NOT PREHEAT OVEN.
In a large stoneware bowl, stir flours and salt. Make a well in the center, sprinkle sugar and yeast into well. Carefully pour water into well & let stand till yeast begins to act, about 5 minutes.
2
Pour 2 tablespoons oil into the well. With a wooden spoon stir the mixture in center of bowl, gradually widening the circle of stirring to take in all of the flour on the sides. Turn out on floured surface and knead just till smooth. Divide in half. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of oil into two clean bowls, place dough in bowls, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled.
3
Punch dough down. Use 1 teaspoon oil to coat a baking sheet and place dough on the center. Gently press the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Pour 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over the top of the dough. Use the handle end of a wooden spoon or your fingers to "dimple" the dough at 1 1/2 inch intervals. Sprinkle with rosemary or basil and then cheese. Place in a COLD oven on center shelf. Place a flat pan of very hot water on the shelf below the bread. Let rise until doubled.
4
Turn on oven to 375° and bake 20-25 minutes or until browned on top. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Makes 2 very large loaves

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Healthy