|Servings:||one 11"x14" loaf|
Focaccia is a flat, leavened bread native to Italy.
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (non-instant)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (approx. 110 F)
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 teaspoons sea salt
- Sprinkle one teaspoon of the yeast over 1/2 cup of the water in a medium bowl, stir to mix and let stand 10 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup flour, cover tightly with plastic and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- In a large bowl, sprinkle the remaining teaspoon of yeast over one cup of warm water, mix and let stand 10 minutes. Add the first yeast mixture (now risen) along with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of salt, mix well. Add the remaining flour gradually, mixing well after each addition until well incorporated. On a lightly floured work surface, turn the dough out and knead until soft, about 10 minutes.
- Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover tightly and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. Oil an 11" x 14" baking pan and turn the risen dough out onto the pan, flattening it out to the edges. If the dough springs back too much to cover the pan, allow it to rest for 10 minutes before resuming. Cover with a clean towel and let rise 45 minutes to an hour.
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Remove towel and press indentations into the dough with your fingertips, then drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and place pan in oven. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is golden. Remove the focaccia from the pan as soon as it is out of the oven and let cool on a rack before serving.