This light Italian flat bread is prepared from a soft dough enriched with olive oil. Extra olive oil is traditionally sprinkled over the dough before baking – sometimes in generous quantities – but this recipe uses just enough to give a good texture and flavour. Focaccia makes an ideal accompaniment to Italian meats, cheeses and salads.
Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat, which may help to lower blood cholesterol levels. * Although focaccia has slightly more fat than other types of bread, it has a moist texture and so can be eaten plain, without spreading with butter or other fat.
To make individual focaccia, divide the dough into 8 portions. Press each portion out into a round about 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. These small breads will rise in 30–45 minutes and bake in 10–15 minutes. * A variety of ingredients can be sprinkled over the focaccia before baking. Try fennel or dill seeds, chopped fresh or dried oregano, finely chopped onion and/or garlic, or chopped black or green olives. * For olive focaccia, stone and chop 8 black olives and add to the dough with the olive oil and water. Sprinkle 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary over the focaccia before making the dents on the surface with your fingers. * For thyme and garlic focaccia, add 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme to the dough with the oil and water, and sprinkle over 2 finely chopped garlic cloves before making the dents. *For sun-dried tomato focaccia, add 4 finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes to the dough with the oil and water. Before serving, sprinkle with some shredded fresh basil.
I made this as a last min side to my spagetti and meatballs. I rubbed garlic and pepper on the top instead of salt. I was easy and quick and due to not having a very good oven bread does not normally come out as light as I would wish ... this bread did (twice now) .. lol. - 26 Jan 2009
Fabulous recipe, easy to make and simple ingredients. I would add the some other ideas i.e. sun dried tomatoes etc at number to so I could clearly see the variations if desired I have only just found them after making it - 19 Feb 2011
Wonderfully simple recipe for very tasty bread. If it's your first time making, check out the other varieties you can try at the end of the recipe. I made individual ones today, 2 each of plain, garlic & rosemary, tomato (thinly sliced and put on before baking) & basil and lastly chives. - 14 Oct 2012