Rosemary Focaccia

Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.

- James Beard

It’s soup night.

I can’t just eat soup.

I need a sandwich or a good bread to go with it.

Today I went to the store for my soup ingredients and browsed through their offerings of bread and quite frankly, wasn’t impressed.

Heck, if I’m going to spend the afternoon making soup…I might as well throw together a bread to have with it.

This recipe is the easiest of bread recipes….even for the bread beginner.

You just need an afternoon to give it time to do the ‘bread thing’ like raising lazily in a warm spot in the kitchen.

Once you have this beautiful dough made…

You’ll want to gently coax it into the corners of a sheet pan.

And yes, you will need to coax it…the bread is elastic but you will need to use your fingers to bring it to the edges..

Ever so gently.

Once stretched…

Top with snippets of fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt.

Then let your fingers dance across the dough poking holes before baking….

It’s fun…

You can sing a little song along the way…I did!

Bake.

Remove from oven….and savor…

Trust me, you will…

Savor!

The beauty of this bread is that you can use it for sandwiches….

cut it into cubes for croutons for salad…

or grind up for breadcrumbs.

It’s all so beautiful…

and delicious…

and makes the kitchen smell good…

and makes anyone who eats it moan…

which makes you feel good!

Rosemary Focaccia Bread
A Kitchen Muse: 
Recipe type: Bread
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An all purpose bread that can be used as a side for soups, toasted for breakfast, sandwich bread or used as croutons or breadcrumbs.
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
  • 1¾ cups warm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¾ cup virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbs. coarse sea salt
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in the bottom of the bowl of a stand mixer for 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add ½ cup olive oil, flour and sea salt.
  3. Mix using dough hook on low speed for 5-7 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.
  4. You can add up to ½ cup additional flour if needed to prevent dough from sticking.
  5. Remove dough from bowl.
  6. Form bowl into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl covered by plastic wrap.
  7. Let raise until double in size for 1 – 1½ hours.
  8. After dough is raised, punch dough and prepare pan for baking.
  9. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and position rack in the bottom third of the oven.
  10. Prepare a sheet pan by pouring ¼ cup olive oil over the bottom of the pan.
  11. Turn dough into pan and gently nudge the dough to the edges. (If dough doesn’t cooperate, give the dough 5 minutes to relax)
  12. Once formed, cover the dough with a dish towel – place in warm place and let rise for about an hour.
  13. After an hour, gently rub the top of the bread with olive oil.
  14. Sprinkle with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt.
  15. Bake the focaccia until golden brown or around 20-30 minutes.
  16. Remove from oven.
  17. Let cool and cut into squares.
  18. Store tightly wrapped in aluminum foil at room temperature for up to a day.
  19. Freeze up to 2 weeks.
  20. Reheat at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

 

 

 

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7 comments on “Rosemary Focaccia

  1. Simply Tia on said:

    Your focaccia looks so good and the recipe is pretty simple too. Makes me want to try it! But I have a fear of yeast so I won’t attempt as yet. Once I get over that fear, THIS is going on the list! It sounds delicious and looks very appetizing! Well done.

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      Tia – This would be a very good recipe to start exploring with yeast breads. Don’t be afraid! Three key things to successful yeast breads: 1. Make sure the water or liquid is warm (not hot) 2. A little sugar or honey in the liquids helps the yeast raise 3. Give it five minutes while it’s sitting to foam

      Have fun with it! Let me know how you do!

  2. Marina on said:

    Could you please tell me how many grams is the 2 pkgs. active dry yeast (or tsp maybe…)
    Thank you in advance

  3. Mutant Supermodel on said:

    Am I wrong or does this appear to be a very versatile foccacia bread recipe as far as subbing for the rosemary? I’m sort of like Simply Tia and have a fear of yeast breads but I’d really like to try and get over it soon. Maybe this will drive me!

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      You can certainly sub the rosemary out for thyme, garlic, dill or any other topping to your choosing. The possibilities are endless! Give it a try – you’ll be amazed how easy it is!

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