Six Word Saturday:
We’ve recently started watching a new TV show called ‘Friends with Better Lives‘ and it is quite funny. In one episode the ladies have chosen their lunch location because it serves focaccia and are disappointed with another friend’s choice of lunch venue because it doesn’t serve focaccia, which is when I remembered how easy it is to make your own focaccia.
I haven’t baked in a long time. I started baking less when we decided to include less carbohydrates in our diet and when we moved countries I had not yet stocked my pantry with any baking ingredients until a couple of weeks ago when I friend was holding a lunch at her place and I decided to bake bread to take. I had forgotten the effort required in kneading the dough, my hands cramped up and ached for nearly a week afterwards.
Focaccia dough (and I use the same dough to make pizza) is much softer, so when another friend was holding a BBQ yesterday, and with the background ache still in my wrists, I offered to make focaccia instead of bread this time.
I used this recipe from the River Cottage Handbook and sprinkled it with rosemary dried from our garden.
- 500g strong white bread flour
- 5g powdered dried yeast
- 10g fine salt
- 325ml warm water
- About 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for coating
- To finish
- A generous drizzle of olive oil
- A sprinkle of flaky sea salt
- A couple of rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped and finely chopped
Weigh the salt, flour and yeast into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the water and oil into a sticky dough. Knead on a clean work surface for about 10 minutes, until the dough becomes silky. Cover the dough and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.
Knock back the risen dough and shape it to your baking tray by pressing it out flat with your fingertips. Cover and leave to rise again for about 30 minutes, until the dough looks puffed up and airy.
Preheat your oven to 250°C/Gas Mark 10, or as high as it will go. Use your fingers to poke divets in the dough at roughly even spacing. Drizzle the top generously (but not too much) with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and rosemary. Bake for about 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to about 200°C/Gas Mark 6 and bake for a further 10 minutes.
Focaccia is best eaten warm, but not hot; leave to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before serving, or leave to cool completely.
Happy Saturday everyone and happy baking!
It was yummy!
I had no idea re pain you had after making the bread rolls… Soo sorry 😦
I’m glad you enjoyed it Maz! The pain wasn’t that bad, although it suited the story 😉
I’ve saved this one, thanks 🙂
Ooh, I hope you make it some day Gilly!
It was Colline!
That looks divine!
It is pretty tasty Deb 🙂
Looking delicious and perfect, Georgia! I love Focaccia.
Thanks Amy, it was totally delicious!
Thank you Christina
Thanks, I’ve saved the recipe, though I haven’t had the energy to make bread since we moved last year. I used to make all our bread, and always include a drizzle of olive oil – it helps the bread to keep.
Oh, I didn’t know that fact about olive oil. Does it work with other oils too?
Other oils taste differently – experiment to find what you like. Before the ready availability of good quality olive oil I used to use a big knob of butter – same effect. And a small squirt of liquid honey adds a certain je ne sais quoi to most bread doughs.
Thank you Viv. I’m not a huge fan of olive oil and I usually use grapeseed oil at the moment. I haven’t tried putting honey in the bread, I imagine it would be awesome! I’m going to try it next time 🙂
That looks good. I am eating gluten free…perhaps I could try to make it with out wheat flour! 🙂
Good luck Linda. I made gluten free bread once and it was a total disaster, I hope yours will be more successful
Your Focaccia looks divine! I am going to try and make this tomorrow! Thanks!
So how did it go Tonya?
Just need the BBQ weather here for more than half a day Georgia and I think this would be perfect ! Lovely with the rosemary ….
Actually I wouldn’t normally do focaccia for a BBQ but it worked well.
This sounds so yummy…I have bookmarked it and will give it a go.
I hope you have fun with it Jo
Looks wonderful – and sounds easy enough to attempt making (I’m not much of a baker!).
It really is easy Lee
Oh yum! That looks wonderful!
Thank you, it was delicious
Yum! I love focaccia.
It is one of my favourite types of bread too Judy
And it was delish Su!
Mmmm, I could just eat some of that right now!