It’s Wednesday, and I’m experiencing the kind of mid-week slump where even walking to the bathroom sounds hard. Days like this call for easy, walk-away-from-it recipes with multiple uses. I never imagined making bread from scratch could be lazy- friendly, but this focaccia is just that.
I was scared to attempt this. A friend from high school shared a pic of the finished product on Instagram and I asked for the recipe. Alas, yeast was involved. What does one do with active yeast and how many ways can you screw it up? The experience was fuss-free after I knew what activated yeast was supposed to look like (thanks Alex), and I cannot wait to come back to this recipe again and again.
Things To Know
- Make sure to let the water, yeast packet and oil sit for a while before adding your flour. The yeast feeds on the sugar and things get foamy/bubbly! See photo above.
- The dough will be sticky and a bit loose . Please be sure to flour your kneading surface very well.
- Let her rise for the full hour! It’s so incredible what these few ingredients can do.
- Focaccia, a traditional Italian flatbread, can be used in a number of ways. Fresh from the oven, sliced into sandwich bread, and cheese board accompaniment are just a few. I used the slightly dried out leftovers to make croutons, then crushed the remaining croutons into breadcrumbs!
Easy Rosemary Focaccia
- one packet active yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- fresh sprigs rosemary
- olive oil
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, plus amount for topping
Pour 1 1/4 cups warm water into mixing bowl. Add yeast, 3 tablespoons olive oil and sugar. Stir gently with fork and wait 5-10 minutes or until mixture is foamy
Incorporate flour (seasoned with s&p), adding enough to make a loose dough. Knead dough until it is smooth and holds its shape. Cover dough with plastic wrap, place in an covered and oiled bowl, and let rise for an hour.
Preheat oven to 375. Coat a baking sheet generously with olive oil and turn the dough out onto sheet. Spread and dimple with your fingertips. Press desired amount rosemary into dough, and top with salt. Finish by drizzling with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Hope you guys enjoy- happy baking!