Focaccia is a flat oven baked Itlaian bread that is similar to Pizza dough in texture. It is used as a side or can be served as an appetiser or snack. This recipe is so easy to make and tastes rich and wonderful with the addition of Italian herbs and toppings. This bread is crispy outside and soft inside. I make this bread in two ways. But this is my favourite version. In the other version I add bread improver and that is very soft. But this one is crispy and the method of making it also differ.

INGREDIENTS

Oil Mixture

Oil – 1/2 cup

Garlic – 5 cloves(chopped/minced)

Mixed Italian herbs – 1 tbsp

Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Dough

All purpose flour – 2 1/2 cups

Honey- 1/4 tsp(optional)

Dry yeast – 2 1/4 tsp or Wet yeast – 4 1/2 tsp

Warm water – 1 cup

Mixed Italian herbs – 1 tbsp

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives – few

Oil mixture

  • Take a vessel and add half a cup of oil into it. Add chopped or minced garlic, italian herbs, salt, pepper powder into it. Heat the oil to roast the garlic.
  • Once the garlic turns golden brown in colour turn off the flame and keep it aside.
  • The oil mixture is ready.

Note: You can roast the garlic alone in the oil. The rest of the ingredients can be mixed directly into the dough.

Dough

  • Take one cup of lukewarm water and dissolve the yeast.
  • In a bowl add all purpose flour, salt, mixed italian herbs and mix it with the hands.
  • Add the yeast mixture, half the quantity of oil mixture and knead it to a soft pliable dough.
  • Allow the dough to ferment for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, transfer the dough to a greased baking tray.
  • Gently press it with the hands and spread it evenly on the baking tray.
  • Top it with thinly sliced bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and olives.
  • Finally drizzle it with the remaining oil mixture.
  • Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before you bake it.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 3 minutes and bake it for 20-25 minutes.
  • The tasty, crispy and soft Focaccia is ready.
  • Allow it to cool and cut it into pieces and serve.
  • I love to relish it with hot tea.

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