Focaccia

I haven’t made this recently, but I remembered the recipe a few minutes ago, from when we made it last year. In case you don’t know what focaccia is, it is an italian flatbread, really popular in Italy. It is quite easy to make, and after you have tried this you should experiment with other flavours, not just rosemary….It is from the Children’s Silver Spoon book, and probably one of the nicest breads i’ve tasted. It makes one big loaf….Here is the recipe, some of it simplified or in more detail than is written in the book.

Main Ingredients:

  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil plus extra for brushing the tray 
  • 500g strong bread flour plus extra for dusting
  • 7g sachet of dried active yeast

For the top:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a handful of fresh rosemary or another topping, such as olives, sun-dried tomatoes or grated cheese

Method:

  1. Start by pouring 125ml of cold water into your measuring jug and then add enough hot water to make 250ml. Make sure that it feels warm
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush a 20 cm x 30 cm baking tray with oil then sprinkle a little flour over the tray
  3. Sift the flour into a really big bowl, then sprinkle the dried yeast over the flour
  4. Make a well in the middle of the flour- you should be able to see the bottom of the bowl
  5. Add the oil to the water and pour the pour the warm liquid into the well, use a wooden spoon to mix to a soft dough
  6. Sprinkle a little flour over the work surface and put the dough onto the flour
  7. Knead the dough by pushing it away from you with the base of your hands and then pulling it back with your fingers. Do this for about 5 minutes until you can stretch the dough like a big piece of elastic
  8. Using your hands and a rolling pin, stretch it into a rectangular shape, just a bit smaller than your baking tray, and put the dough on the tray
  9. Cover with a slightly damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour, until it has doubled in size
  10. Turn the oven on to 220 degrees/Gas mark 7. Push your thumb into the dough all over to make dimples, then drizzle some oil ver the top and sprinkle with the rosemary. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked
  11. Cut into rectangles, or tear it into pieces and share..

I hope you try to make this as you won’t be disappointed,

SparrowHorse x

 

 

 

 

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