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Homemade Focaccia

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One of my favourite breads is definitely Foccacia; served warm with a yummy pasta. Mmm. Homemade Foccacia is super simple, not to mention delicious. Today I'm going to share how I make my Homemade Foccacia with these easy steps. This is not a bread machine bread, this is a handmade, homemade Foccacia.


This recipe will make two eight inch pan loaves. Recipe can be doubled.



PLEASE NOTE: I created this recipe. It is based off of a simple dough recipe, and I made lots of changes to make it more like store bought Foccacia. Please enjoy my recipe!! :)
 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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To make this Homemade Foccacia, you will need these following supplies:

- 2 bowls
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- baking pan(s)
- mixing spoon
- tea towel
- thermometer {you will need this in step 3 to make sure your water isn't too hot for the yeast. If you are a experienced chef, you won't need this.}

Less supplies = less dishes [whipeee!]

Step 2: Ingredients

Here are your ingredients for this recipe:

- 2 Cups Lukewarm Water (between 80-90°F)
- 2 Tablespoons Yeast
- 4 Cups Flour (more may be needed)
- 1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1½ Teaspoons Salt
- Herbs (see step 8 for more details)
- Coarse Salt (pickling salt will work too, used in step 8.)

Step 3: Yeast Time

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To begin, have your bowl, thermometer, yeast, sugar, oil and water, ready.

Pour your 2 cups of lukewarm water {use your thermometer to make sure that  it's between 80-90°F}. Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar into the water. Then, add your 2 tablespoons of yeast. Sprinkle it on top of the water, and don't stir. Let it sit undisturbed for 8-10 minutes, or until foamy.

Add your 2 tablespoons of oil, and stir until evenly mixed. Add your 1½ teaspoons of salt. Gradually add your 4 cups of flour and mix by hand until it forms into a ball. Add more flour if necessary.
If you're worried about having your water too warm, try taking it from your cold tap, then leaving it on the side for half an hour or so to come up to near room temperature.

It still works perfectly well at this temperature, but you don't get that "ooh have I killed my yeast" worry.
ashleycant (author)  Cardinal Fang2 years ago
Yes, I have heard of that trick, but if you decide at the spur of the moment that you want to make bread, it's kinda a pain to have to wait. But if you plan ahead, it's a great old trick. Thanks for sharing :)
Xenophon2 years ago
Looks yummy!

One question though... If you are making two loaves in separate pans, wouldn't you need to split the dough in half after rising in step seven?
ashleycant (author)  Xenophon2 years ago
Oh goodness... How could I forget that? Yes, you do. Thanks so much for pointing that out, will fix that ASAP :)
ashleycant (author)  ashleycant2 years ago
Fixed! :)
lmnopeas2 years ago
Beautiful! Nothing beats the smell of fresh homemade bread ( Foccacia) :)
This is an amazing first instructable! The photos and explanations are perfect. Your bread looks absolutely fantastic. :D
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