If you have wanted to try your hand at making homemade bread, but the task sounds way too daunting, this focaccia bread recipe is a perfect get-started-with-making-bread recipe. Focaccia bread is a pretty forgiving bread recipe.
500gms plain flour,
1 tbsp salt,
1 tsp instant yeast,
250 ml water,
100 ml olive oil,
10-15 cloves of garlic, gently crushed
100 gms cherry tomatoes,
5-6 sprigs of rosemary, leaves removed
- Follow the instructions on the yeast packet.
- Place the crushed garlic cloves in a bowl and pour hot olive oil over them. Let it rest for 20 minutes before you use it.
- Put the flour, yeast, salt and most of the oil and the water into a deep vessel. Knead for 4-5 minutes until the dough comes together. It should clear from the sides of the vessel but still stick to the bottom of the bowl.
- Cover with cling film and let it rest for 2 to 3 hours in a warm place.
- Punch down the dough and roll it out into a rectangle of about 2.5cm/1 inch thickness.
- You can either make this free-form on a baking sheet brushed with oil, or fit it into a 11 inch square pan.
- Poke dents into the dough, brush with garlic oil, place the garlic pods, cherry tomatoes, and rosemary leaves.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 220 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on the top
- Serve warm with butter.
- This recipe makes enough dough to make two sheet pans worth of focaccia bread. You can always cut the recipe in half if you don’t need that much.
- You can always freeze leftover focaccia. But who are we kidding fresh bread tastes way better than reheated, thawed out frozen bread?
- You can freeze half of the focaccia dough and bake another whole focaccia bread later. This dough keeps quite well in the freezer.
- The great thing about making a focaccia bread, besides the fact that it is so easy is that you can make it however you want it.
- You can make it on the thicker side if you like a nice soft and fluffy chunk of bread or you can roll the dough out a little bit thinner, which is usually my preference.
It is best served warm, just from the oven, either on its own as a pre-dinner nibble or as the bread to accompany the main meal. Try it plain and simple with a glass of deep red wine and maybe a wedge of cheese on the side. It’s really quite delicious!