Monday, May 14, 2012

FOCACCIA



I love flat bread with a good, slightly burnt edges crust that was crisp and chewy at the same time. This focaccia  is one of my favorite bread.

If you have mastered making your own pizza, definitely you won't encounter any problem baking  this focaccia.  You can expand this recipe by adding various toppings on the bread  and try a lot of different combinations. In my case, I have thrown in a handful of raisin to the dough. The raisin is added after proofing but you can also include them at the time of kneading, either way it  works but most importantly the raisin should not be exposed, you do not want them to be bitter and burnt.

The focaccia will keep at room temperature for 2 days and freeze well up to 1 month.

FOCACCIA
Yield  :   One  12 x 8 in bread

2 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tablespoon oil
1 C warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2   tsp salt
extra oil for drizzling
3/4  C raisin (optional)


METHOD

Place flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.

Gradually add water to form into soft dough

On floured surface, knead by hand for 5 minutes until smooth.

Transfer into greased and covered bowl, let rise until doubled for 1-1.5 hours. Dough is ready if an indentation remains when you press with your fingertips about 1/2 in into the dough.

Lightly grease a baking pan. Gently punch dough down, roll out into rectangle, spread the raisin (if using) leaving 1 in border.

Fold the dough, as though you were making an envelope. Tuck them in so none are showing. Roll out dough on floured board into rectangle to fit  12 x 8 in  baking pan. Carefully lift the dough onto pan, stretch the dough into the corners.  Drizzle oil on top.

Rest the dough for 45 minutes.  Dimple the dough by pressing with your fingertips into the dough about 1/2 in deep. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 190C.

Bake the bread for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer onto rack to cool.


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37 comments:

Paaka Shaale said...

Oh love this focaccia. Lovely presentation.

gobakeyourself said...

We eat focaccia a lot around our house so this delicious recipe will be much appreciated - thank you :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Julie said...

Looks soft n spongy foccassia..yummy!

Shobha said...

Nice.. with some herbs on top it will be awesome..

Swathi Iyer said...

Focaccia bread looks delicious.

simran said...

focaccia is one of my fav breads to bake..........i love the addition of raisins.lovely click.

Sobha Shyam said...

soft n perfect foccacia :)

easyfoodsmith said...

The focaccia looks fab! Raisins sound a great addition.

Tina said...

Delicious..

Priya said...

Urs came out prefectly..beautiful focaccia.

Tina Bk said...

I would have never thought to make foccacia bread as a little sweet with raisins! This does open up the door to many variations. I have always thought of it on the savory side, so you really have inspired me to go the other way. Great post!

Spice up the Curry said...

this looks perfect.

Rani acharyulu said...

Looks soft and delicious...

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Looks so good !! Soft and yummy bread !!

Juliana said...

Your foccacia look great...light and great texture...
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead :)

Vineetha said...

u r a master baker...this looks superb !

Emily said...

wow, this really looks amazing!! I am pinning to make later! Came over from Hey, whats for dinner mom?! Would love for you to link up at my food party: Tasty Tuesdays! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2012/05/orange-bread-and-tasty-tuesday-party.html

Shabbu said...

soft and delicious focaccia...
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Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

Debra Kapellakis said...

That looks very good.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

looks perfect, with those lovely air pockets!

i amsterdam said...

It looks perfect!! Must try it one of these days.

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious!! :)

Only Fish Recipes said...

bread looks absolutely yummy !!!! soft n spongy !!!!!

YummyInspirations said...

This would be great for breakfast! I'd love you to share this at Breakfast Ideas Mondays - http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/05/nutella-cinnamon-porridge-and-breakfast.html :)

kala said...

yummyyy yummyyy

Christine said...

Goodness! I have to try this!

Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!
Please don't forget to put my button somwhere on your blog. :)

Rosita Vargas said...

Ohhh....luce exquisito y perfecto me encanta,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Stephanie said...

I love focaccia bread but I have never tried making it at home. Will have to try this recipe!!

Stephanie
www.chocolatecoveredbuttons.com

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

Looks divine! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Becolorful said...

I think I can smell that delicious baking odor from here. :D
Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful
pam

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

This looks delicious! We are so glad that you shared this with us this week!

Take care,

Trish

Usha said...

Looks so very delicious :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your recipe at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Jody and Stan said...

I have to try this recipe! Looks so delicious...Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


Jody

The Narcissist said...

Man this certainly seems like something I can do. :D

Linda@With A Blast said...

Love Focaccia and your recipe looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-)

Diane Balch said...

The texture of your bread looks terrific… thanks so muchf for sharing it with us on foodie friday.. happy holidays.

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