Deliciously soft focaccia bread recipe. Perfect to serve on a charcuterie board or made into sandwiches or with a main meal. So easy to make!
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What Is Focaccia
Focaccia is an olive oil enriched, leavened bread that is spread out flat. Once risen, the baker uses the fingers to poke little wells into the risen dough. Olive oil is then spread all over the dough and left to pool into the little wells. After the final rise, the focaccia is baked to golden perfection and topped with a little more olive oil. It is a delight to make and often the star of the meal.
Secret to this Recipe...not to overwork the dough. Focaccia dough is a loose and slightly wet dough that barely sticks to the fingers.
Here's What You Need
All you need to make this tasty focaccia recipe is a few pantry staples.
Notes on Ingredients
- instant yeast
- extra virgin olive oil
- all purpose flour
- kosher salt
How to Make It
- Proof Yeast.
2. Make Dough.
3. Knead Dough. Knead dough until it's smooth but a bit sticky to the touch.
4. First Rise. Let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size.
5. Second Rise. Using your fingers, push dough out gently to cover the shape of the pan. Prepare the emulsion while you wait.
6. Prepare Olive Oil Emulsion. Put extra virgin olive oil and water into a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake it until the oil and water hold together in an emulsion.
7. Prepare Dough. Gently poke holes or wells with your fingers all over the dough. Brush the olive oil emulsion all over the risen dough, allowing it to pool in the wells. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Add any additional toppings at this point.
8. Bake for 15 Minutes.
9. Final Steps. When focaccia has finished baking, pour an additional tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil over the top.
10. Serve. Cut the focaccia into pieces and serve warm.
Focaccia is an olive oil enriched, leavened bread that is thicker than pizza. It has a slightly crispy crust and a soft, tender crumb. It is often used for appetizers, sandwiches, and sides to serve with anything you can imagine. Sometimes toppings are used in a very artistic presentation. But it is the delicious taste of focaccia that always steals the show.
Tasty Focaccia Toppings
While always delicious tasting, focaccia toppings are sometimes arranged in the most artistic and beautiful manner. So, don't be afraid to get creative with your artistic expression.
Focaccia is best served warm, right out of the oven and can be used for appetizers, charcuterie boards, sandwiches, or with a main meal.
In Liguria, Italy, where it originated, freshly baked focaccia is often served for aperitivo along with some meats and cheeses, and a cocktail, of course.
In our house, we always love a good hot pastrami and provolone sandwich on focaccia. It's amazing!
Storage and Freezing
Store leftover focaccia in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. However, it doesn't freeze all that well, as the moisture and salt will soften and change the crust to an undesirable texture. So, its best to serve focaccia fresh.
There you have it. It's as easy as that! We hope you enjoy our super simple, super tasty recipe for focaccia bread. Try it and let us know how you like it. We'd love to hear from you.
xo ~ Seanna
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