No-Fuss Focaccia

I first started making my own dough when I was a high school student, when I wanted to make my own pizzas and strombolis. I’ve ventured out and made a variety of breads over the years too, but pizza dough is a near constant in my life, being made at least once a month. (For awhile there, it was every week!).

It is surprising to me that I’ve never made focaccia, given how it is so similar to pizza dough.

That changed this month thanks to the Secret Recipe Club, when we were assigned the blog Sweet as Sugar Cookies written by Lisa. Like in our house, Lisa loves to bake for the people she loves. Her sister just got a mint chocolate chip ice cream birthday cake- yum! And yes, with a blog name like that you better believe Lisa has lots of delicious recipes for sweet treats. And I won’t deny, I was extremely tempted by some of them (ahem, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes) but I resisted! Primarily because I’m trying to limit my baking of sweet things after all the over indulging from the holidays (yes, I realize the holidays ended a month ago. You also underestimate the extent of the binge!).  But I also choose this focaccia recipe from Lisa because it’s something I’ve been thinking of making for awhile now. And with a title like “no fuss focaccia” I simply could not resist.

Really, this recipe is super easy. You toss together a couple of ingredients for the dough, let it rise in a pan, then top it with whatever deliciousness you desire, then bake. This recipe is also a fun one to do with kids. I always try to involve our 2 boys, both toddlers, when it’s appropriate. Our older toddler happily helped me measure out and pour the ingredients with some supervision. After the stand mixer formed our dough, I put it on the table to work a bit more by hand and so that toddler could experience working the dough as well. I think I had as much fun as he did getting to cook together.

 

 

If you are feeling hungry (or are going to feel hungry in the future and want to eat something delicious) head over to Lisa’s blog! Sweet as Sugar Cookies is a wealth of desserts, breads, and dishes that will make your mouth water. Seriously, she has 13 ginger cookie recipes- you want options, you got options! Thanks for sharing such a tasty recipe Lisa! We’ll be back for dessert!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus additional for drizzling)
  • 5/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tomato, de-seeded and sliced

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water with the active dry yeast and the sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture. Mix until your dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl (the dough will be very soft).
  3. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon olive oil into a 9-inch round cake pan. Place the dough into the pan and toss to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap (tip: to prevent sticking, spray the wrap with baking spray) and let rise for 60 minutes until it is risen and puffy.
  4. Preheat oven to 375F. Gently poke the risen dough all over with your fingers to slightly press down.. Drizzle dough lightly with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Top with the tomato slices. Bake the bread till it's golden brown, about 35-40 min.
  5. Note: You can add any seasoning or topping you like. We also used grated Parmesan cheese.
http://thekeenancookbook.com/appetizer/no-fuss-focaccia

Recipe adapted from: Sweet as Sugar Cookies blog

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