Friday, February 17, 2012

Foccacia Bread


Today I was looking for a bread recipe to make.   I wanted it to be easy and obviously be with ingredients I had on hand.    Last night for dinner I made chicken noodle soup and it was delicious but it was missing the bread to go along side of it.   I wasn't looking to consume the added calories of a slice of store bought wheat bread with butter so I just ate the soup as is.  

I knew I would be having the left overs for lunch today so I was ready to bake some type of bread to dip in the soup.   I needed it to be quick and easy since I only had this morning to make it.   This is it!   I already am looking forward to using it as sandwich bread for tomorrows lunch!  



Ingredients:

Dough:

2 Cups of Luke Warm Water
1 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Active Dry Yeast
1 Tbs Kosher Salt *
1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 a Small Onion, Diced
5-6 Cups Flour

*Please make sure to use Kosher salt for this.   If you use regular table salt, the bread will most likely be over salty.

Topping:

1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt to taste
Rosemary to taste
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Directions: 

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl) add the warm water and dissolve the honey into the water. 



Here is a quick motherly tip.   I used Buckwheat honey in this recipe.   It's a darker, non processed honey that is made right here in Wisconsin.    It's amazing on a cough!   Give it a try if you have a child and you would rather not give them something manufactured. 


Back to the recipe.   In the Water/Honey mixture, add the yeast.   Let sit for 5 minutes until it starts to bubble. 


After 5 minutes....



Add in the salt and stir.   Add in the Olive Oil and stir.  Stir in the onion.   Place the bowl in your stand and with the dough attachment going on low, start to add the flour.  


You need to go up to about 5 cups and see where you are at.   You want to dough to be sticky but you should be able to get it out of the bowl.   If you go in and grab it and you get nothing but dough sticking to you and the bowl, add a little more flour.   You will want to knead for about 3 or so minutes in the mixer or about 5 minutes by hand. 

Once the dough ready, place in a greased bowl and cover lightly with a damp cloth.   Let the dough rise until double in size.   This took about 2 hours in my cold house even with using a warm oven to help.  

I put a little extra flour on top because it was a little more sticky than I would have liked when I put the dough in the bowl. 

Pour the dough out on a greased baking sheet or a silicon mat.    Press the dough down to fill out the baking sheet.  

Poke your finger into the dough to indent it all over.


Brush Olive Oil over the top of the dough.   Sprinkle with Kosher Salt.   Sprinkle with Rosemary.   Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.   You really can top this bread to your liking.   Add slice tomato, Olives, Cheddar Cheese.  You name it!  


Preheat oven to 415 degrees.  Do this once you are done topping your bread.   This way gives your bread time to rest and rise just a little bit again before you place into the oven.

   Place the Foccacia in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. 





Source:  All Recipes "Michael's Foccacia"

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