Focaccia Bread

Basic Focaccia bread can be served with any course of the meal. It’s so versatile because you can eat it plainly or add anything you want to customize it for your meal. In Tuscany, this bread is also called schiacciata, meaning “crushed”. I suppose that’s because it’s a flat bread.

This recipe is from my Toscana Saporita cookbook, adapted so I could make it in my bread machine. This is also the base recipe we used to make wood-fired pizzas during the cooking classes.

It makes 1 large flat loaf that fits in a 9×13 pan. It freezes well and is great to take along to a dinner party.

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Focaccia Bread
 
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Basic Focaccia bread can be served with any course of the meal. It’s so versatile because you can eat it plainly or add anything you want to customize it for your meal.
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Recipe type: Bread/Pane
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1 large loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 cups lukewarm water (approx. 110 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour (or half all-purpose and half wheat)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast granules
  • olive oil and salt for topping before baking
Preparation
  1. Place ingredients in bread machine in the order above.
  2. Set your machine to the dough cycle and press start.
  3. While the dough cycle is running, grease a 9×13 inch glass pan and set aside. You may also use a baking sheet with sides, but you may need to shorten bake time.
  4. When the machine stops, punch down dough and remove from the bread machine pan.
  5. Spread dough gently with your fingers into the greased pan so it covers the bottom completely and is about ½ inch thick.
  6. Using the handle end of a wooden spoon or your knuckle, make divets across the entire top of the dough.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. You can also sprinkle with grated parmigiano-reggiano if you like.
  8. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes. Dough doesn’t have to double in size.
  9. While dough is rising, heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  10. Bake bread at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spray/mist with water.
  11. Reduce oven temp to 375 degrees and bake another 10 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  12. Cool focaccia bread thoroughly on wire rack before eating, storing, or freezing.

Prep time: 2 hours prep and rising; 20 minute bake time
Makes 1 large flat breads

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups lukewarm water (approx. 110 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or half all-purpose and half wheat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast granules
  • olive oil and salt for topping before baking

Preparation:
Place ingredients in bread machine in the order above.

Set your machine to the dough cycle and press start.

While the dough cycle is running, grease a 9×13 inch glass pan and set aside. You may also use a baking sheet with sides, but you may need to shorten bake time.

When the machine stops, punch down dough and remove from the bread machine pan.

Spread dough gently with your fingers into the greased pan so it covers the bottom completely and is about 1/2 inch thick.

Using the handle end of a wooden spoon or your knuckle, make divets across the entire top of the dough.

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Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. You can also sprinkle with grated parmigiano-reggiano if you like.

Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes. Dough doesn’t have to double in size.

While dough is rising, heat your oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake bread at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spray/mist with water.

Reduce oven temp to 375 degrees and bake another 10 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Cool focaccia bread thoroughly on wire rack before eating, storing, or freezing.

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