I was taking a shower while waiting for my focaccia bread to be ready in the oven when I heard the bell went off. By the time I got out of the shower( which is just merely 3 minutes), there was only half the loaf left, thanks to my sneaky hubby and babies who polished off more than half! That’s how good this focaccia bread was and that’s how I ended up with this photo.
This is a another quick bread for the busy mommies. Total preparation time to cooking is only 1 hour, including rise time of 30 minutes. This focaccia bread is excellent for making open faced sandwich or even as a pizza base. But my hubby’s favorite is to slather butter and eating it hot.
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp white sugar
Assorted herbs (1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp rosemary. All herbs are optional and you can adjust to your liking)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to sprinkle
- Mix all the ingredients except for the olive oil and salt for sprinkling. You can do it by hand or by stand mixer.
- When the dough has come together, knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and coat with oil. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 200 degree. Punch the dough down, and fold a couple of times. Place dough on a greased tray or on parchment paper and shape roughly in an oval shape with thickness of about 1/2 inch.
- Using your finger tips, make indents on the bread. Drizzle the olive oil over it and sprinkle the salt.
- Bake for 15 minutes or till golden brown.
You can adjust the herbs to your liking or availability of herbs. You can also add Parmesan cheese on it, or sundries tomatoes at the last step before baking.