Baking My First Bread: Focaccia

Happy Easter!

Today I have made my first bread and I was so surprised that it came out super yummy. I had bought the ingredients to make some type of bread about a month ago but did not have the time to try a new recipe ( it was crunch time for final papers and last-minute, soul-tearing essays).

I originally got the idea of adding bread to my recipe list because of my best friend. She makes home-made bread all the time and honestly it makes me a twinge jealous (in a good way of course).  Baking bread seems to be a lost skill in our generation, similar to sewing and creating fire from scratch. Some people can still do it, but many choose not to because all those skills are now replaced by items bought in a supermarket.  I think it is super neat to say “I baked bread today.” As it turns out, this recipe was not hard.

I got the basic recipe from http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/Fantastic-Focaccia-Bread/Detail.aspx and then added my own spices. It was yummy and simple to do. Make this bread and impress all your friends with your creation 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package Active Dry Yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm Water (110 degrees F/I used a regular thermometer to measure the water’s temperature)
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary

Step 1:  Pour warm water into a large bowl. Add honey and yeast.

Step 2: Mix until dissolved.  It will look a bit muddy. Let stand for 10 minutes (it will look a little thick, like cream).

Step 3:  Add 1 cup of flour, salt and 3 tablespoons of oil. Mix.

Step 4: Add spices (black pepper, oregano, garlic powder, basil and rosemary). Mix into dough.

Step 5: With remaining 1 cup of flour, add a little of flour at a time. While kneading the dough, stop when dough is no longer sticking to the dough and is a little elastic.

Step 6: In another bowl, add one tablespoon of olive oil. Put the dough into the new bowl and flip it until it is coated with the oil. I had to use my hands for this one to make sure majority of the dough ball is covered.

Step 7: Cover the dough with a wet towel, and leave for an hour to rise in a warm area. The dough should double in size.

Step 8: So the hour is up! Let us look at our dough now.

Step 9: Punch the dough to make it collapse (do not put your whole force into this “punch;” it is more like a gently tap to deflate it).

Step 10: Sprinkle some flour on a clean, flat surface and your rolling-pin to prevent sticking. Take your dough and roll it into a rectangle shape, about a 1/2 in thick.

Step 11: Take your rectangle (in my case a mishaped polygon) and place it on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.


Step 12: Cover the dough again for another 40 minutes to do a bit more rising.

Step 13:Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Step 14: The dough will rise a bit more. Using a finger, poke dimples in the dough. Then pour the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the entire dough.

Step 15: Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 16: Cut into whatever sized shapes you want for serving. This bread is great for dipping, topping with bruschetta, or eating it plain. Eat and Enjoy!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hailey says:

    Yummy! I’m glad you finally baked bread :))

  2. jazzy01 says:

    And it was super good. I will make it again so you can try.

  3. Rebecca says:

    this looks really good i cant wait to try it.

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