Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Focaccia Bread

I am working on building my bread repertoire as I'm realizing that bread can make a wonderful side dish for many meals. We've found some winners but we've also found some that won't be repeated. This focaccia bread defintely goes in the winner category. My husband declared that it was the star of the meal. (I'm not sure what that says about the rest of the meal.)
I was very pleased with how easy this was to make. You essentially only have three chunks of time you need to devote to it and the length of those times are much less than with a typical bread. The bread turned out moist and flavorful, a perfect complement to our dinner.

Focaccia Bread
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Yields: 16 squares of bread

1 5/8 cups flour
1 1/8 tsp yeast
1/2 T sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 T oil
1/2 + 1/3 cup warm water, 105-110 degrees
1/2 T Italian seasoning
1 T Parmesan cheese
1 T shredded cheese
1 tsp oil

   1.  In a mixing bowl combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add 2 T oil and water; mix. Pour into a greased 8x8 pan.
   2.  Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
   3.  Drizzle 1 tsp oil over bread; sprinkle Italian seasoning and cheeses over top.
   4.  Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15-30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
   5.  Preheat oven to 375; bake for 30-35 minutes.

Source: Joy in My Kitchen

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