Thursday, April 15, 2010

Foccacia

I love bread, and I've started wanting to make it myself, from scratch. But, I haven't been motivated enough to give it a go.

A couple weeks ago, while watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, one of the foods he made for the elementary schools was Foccacia, which my husband remarked looked pretty good. I said "Well it's not that hard to make!" and decided to make it for dinner the next night.

Foccacia
recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook

3 cups all purpose or bread flour
1 tablespoon dried rosemary (2 tablespoons fresh)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast (1 package)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup very warm water ( 120 to 130 degrees)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Mix 1 cup of the flour, the rosemary, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons oil and the warm water. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping down the sides often. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough leaves the sides of bowl. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead 5 to 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy.

Place dough in a greased large bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place about 30 minutes or until almost double. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.

Grease 2 cookie sheets or 12 inch pizza pans with small amount of oil. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a flattened 10 inch round on a cookie sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap lightly sprayed with cooking spray and let rise in a warm place about 30 minutes or until double.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Gently make depressions about 2 inches apart in dough with fingers. Carefully brush with 2 tablespoons oil, sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

The verdict?
I put everything into my bread machine on the Dough setting, and the dough came out sticky, wet, and not at all how lovely bread dough should look. I was very disappointed and not at all optimistic about how it was going to turn out, but continued on with the recipe.

After letting it rise, it looked a little better, but I was still expecting flat bread when it came out of the oven. Finally when it came out....bread heaven.

After all the expected disappointment, this bread made my day, my husband's, and my son's. We inhaled the bread with dinner, and fought over the leftovers. I will be making this again soon, but with the regular mixer directions and not the bread machine.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

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