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Focaccia with Olives and Herbs

Olive and herb Focaccia Bread recipe is easy to make, and tastes so rich and wonderful with the addition of fresh rosemary, olive oil, and garlic.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rest Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cornbread, Focaccia
Author: Eateries Delightful

Ingredients

  • 1 +1/4 cups warm water between 38-43°C
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup 60ml extra virgin olive oil (plus more for topping and greasing)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 + 1/2 – 4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour plus more for hands
  • 2 tbsp rosemary dried
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp chopped olives
  • 2 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, add water. Microwave until lukewarm, 35 – 40 seconds.
  • Add 3/4 cup of water to yeast in a large bowl along with sugar. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes or until frothy.
  • Mix in salt and half of olive oil, remaining water and 2 cups of flour. Combine using hands. Add 1 more cup of flour and knead well. If the dough is sticky add 1/2 cup more and knead for 3-4 more minutes.
  • If the dough is too sticky as you knead, add flour 1 Tablespoon at a time. The dough should still be a little soft, but shouldn’t stick your hands. if it bounces back slowly when you poke, the dough is ready to proof, else continue kneading.
  • Cover and rest for 2 hours at room temperature. The dough will double its size.
  • Punch the dough, and add remaining oil and stretch the dough and place it in a baking tray ( 12×17 inch baking pan )
  • Cover and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Longer it chills, better the taste. Overnight is preferred.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 deg F. Meantime, let the dough sit on the counter at room temperature.
  • make beautiful dimples all over the dough surface, and add toppings. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top so it pools in the indentation
  • Bake for 21-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
  • Let it come to room temperature before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • Focaccia tastes wonderful when warm. Cover leftover focaccia and store at room temperature for 2 days.
  • Left over slices can be heated on a microwave or preheat oven to 320 deg F, and let the slices warm for 3-5 mins.