Fresh foccacia bread

    2 hours 5 min

    Serve this fresh foccacia bread straight from the oven with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar bread dip. So simple yet incredibly delicious!

    jean.isacke

    Dorset, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Ingredients
    Makes: 1 focaccia loaf

    • 25g fresh yeast
    • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    • 250ml warm water
    • 450g strong white bread flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • pinch of coarse sea salt

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr30min rising  ›  Ready in:2hr5min 

    1. Mix yeast, sugar and warm water together in a bowl; set aside for 5 minutes.
    2. Combine flour and salt together in a larger bowl; make a well in the centre and pour in yeast mixture and 4 tablespoons olive oil. Work quickly to combine and form into a dough; turn out onto a clean surface and knead until smooth. Return dough to the bowl; cover with a clean drying cloth and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
    3. Grease a 30x20cm rectangular baking tray.
    4. Knock back dough and knead lightly; roll dough out to 2cm thick and arrange in prepared baking tin. Set dough aside in a warm place to rise for a second time, about 30 minutes.
    5. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    6. With the handle of a wooden spoon make deep depressions into the dough at 5cm intervals. Drizzle a further 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the surface and scatter on some coarse sea salt.
    7. Bake bread in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until well risen and golden.

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