Authentic Old World Italian Focaccia

Indulge in a delicious and authentic Focaccia recipe guaranteed to delight your taste buds.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Course Side Dish
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups Senatore Cappelli Wheat Flour OR Frassinetto Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast

Topping

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 grinding black pepper
  • 1 pinch dried basil

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the water and mix.
  • Add the olive oil and mix to form a soft dough. Knead for about ten minutes on a floured surface. 
  • Return the dough into the lightly floured mixing bowl and cover with lid. Leave to proof in a warm place for 40 – 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Remove it and knock back on a floured surface and roll out to an 8" x10" oblong.
  • Place on an oiled baking sheet.
  • Make 9 holes in the dough with your finger (see photo) and place a sprig of rosemary in each hole.
  • Sprinkle on the garlic and brush on the olive oil.
  • Add the black pepper and basil.
  • Then cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise again, at a warmish temperature, for 30-45 minutes. 
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes or so.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Bread, Italian