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Super Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Kristin Foster

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
BREAD:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more for drizzling in pan)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast (see note for active dry yeast)
3 cups (15 ounces) all-purpose flour (see note for whole wheat flour)
1 cup shredded Parmesan, Asiago or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

TOPPING:
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon (more or less) dried herbs or Italian herb/seasoning blend
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, Asiago or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions:
Directions:
Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan (I use a metal pan; if using a glass pan, you might want to decrease the oven temp to 350 degrees F).

In a large bowl, combine the water, olive oil, salt, yeast, flour and cheese. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula (or handheld dough hook) until thoroughly combined and no dry spots remain. The dough will be very wet and sticky.

Scrape the dough into the middle of the prepared pan. Grease your hands and press the dough into an even layer (it doesn't have to be perfect but try to get it mostly even). Gently press your fingertips into the top of the dough to create little dimples (you can do this and add the toppings after it rises if you want the holes to be more pronounced). Drizzle with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with herb seasoning and top with 1/2 cup cheese.

Cover the pan and let it rise until puffy, about an hour. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and baked through. Let the bread cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan (turn it out onto a rack or platter), break or cut into pieces and serve.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8-10
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
15 min
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
For active dry yeast, use the same amount (1 tablespoon) and stir it into the 1 1/2 cups water and let it proof until it is bubbling (a couple minutes). Then add the other ingredients and proceed with the recipe. Also, if your seasonings/blend doesn't have added salt, I'd recommend sprinkling a little coarse, kosher salt over the dough with the dried herbs. If you use a less salty cheese, you might want to increase the salt in the dough recipe a bit.

 

 

 

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