Focaccia is a type of flat bread popular in Italy. The basic bread is often topped with any of the following: herbs, olive oil, cheese, meats, and vegetables, and can be seen as a precursor to pizza. Focaccia is commonly used for sandwiches.
Makes 1 loaf.
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix well.
- Heat water and vegetable oil until warm, and add to yeast mixture along with the egg.
- Blend with an electric mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat for 2 additional minutes.
- Stir in 1 3/4 cup flour (note: half of remaining total) while beating, until dough pulls away from side of bowl.
- Knead in 1 3/4 cup flour on floured surface. Cover dough with a bowl, and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Place dough on a greased baking sheet. Roll out to 12-inch circle. Cover with greased plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Place in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- Uncover dough, and poke holes in it with a spoon handle at 1 inch intervals. Drizzle olive oil on dough, and sprinkle with crushed rosemary.
- Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 17 to 27 minutes, until just golden. Remove from baking sheet, and cool on rack.