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You say “foca(y)ccia” I say “foca(h)ccia”

I’m not the best meal planner.  I’m more of a oh-shoot-it-is-4:30-what-will-we-eat-for-dinner kinda gal.  So, this flatbread recipe suits me nicely.  As you’ll see, the recipe makes two focaccia loaves; one of which you can dress for dessert.  Perfect.

In a typical evening (yes, tonight), at 6:15, I start to wonder about dinner.  I decide on pesto spaghetti  and tossed salad.  My trusty flatbread recipe complements my procrastination perfectly.

Throw 2 1/2 cups of flour in the mixer bowl (I have a dough hook attachment with my mixer; you can go the hard route and mix and knead by hand)

Add 1 packet of rapid rise yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and 3/4 tsp of salt. 

Mix 1 cup hot water with 2 tbsp EVOO.  Gradually pour into the dry ingredients while mixing.  Add up to 1/2 cup more flour until dough seems soft and elastic.  I mix about 5 minutes.  Then cover with a towel for 12 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 425.  Divide dough in half and place side-by-side on greased baking sheet.  Press into 8″ circles, cover sheet for 15 minutes.  Press fingertips into dough to make some indentions.  Brush one with EVOO.  Brush the other with butter, maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, whatever sweet is your fancy. 

Add toppings and bake 15-17 minutes.  Tonight I used fresh garlic, basil, greek oregano, rosemary, and chives (thanks Helen!).  Then sprinkled some parm cheese.  I consider focaccia a dipping bread so I serve it with a saucer of oil and ground peppercorn.   

On the sweet bread, you could top with sliced grapes, sugar, cinnamon, or whatever you’re craving.

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5 responses »

  1. I have those plates! and I make focaccia all the time (we had it last night- with olive oil for dipping-cracked pepper and kosher salt). My step dad is Italian- so I make a ton of Sicilian and Greek food

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  2. What would it take to weasel an invitation to dinner? 🙂

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  3. Just wondering about EVOO….

    PS. I’ve got a cupboard

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  4. that’s what I get for posting in the middle of work! Ha! I was going to say, before I so rudely interrupted myself, that I have a cupboard of fiesta ware myself and ABSOLUTELY LOVE it!

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  5. EVOO–extra virgin olive oil.

    Laughing outloud at the P.S. I’ve got a cupboard!

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