I feel like I’m in Italy right now! Just got fresh Focaccia Bread out of the oven and the wonderful aroma is killing me! So thought I better distract myself by blogging as I patiently wait for the bread to cool down. Can’t believe I have put off baking this for so long thinking it’d be complicated. But to be honest the only time-consuming part of the whole process is waiting for the dough to rise. Did I mention you actually get to do that part directly in the baking dish this time? Not only does that mean less things to wash afterwards (hell yea!), but it’s so convenient to just take out the dish once the dough has risen, throw on the toppings of your choice and it’s ready to go in the oven! The choice of toppings is entirely yours and I have mentioned a few alternatives to what i’ve used in the recipe as well … lol, I feel like i’m just rambling today as all I really wanna do is go and have a piece of that bread! You’ll know why I was in such a rush once you bake this yourself 🙂 ….
Ingredients or the dough:
All Purpose Flour: 3 cups
Olive Oil: 1/4 cup
Active Yeast: 2 and 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 4 tsp
Salt: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Water: approximately 1 cup or as required to get all the ingredients to bind together.
For the topping:
Green Pepper (sliced): 1
Onion (sliced): 1
Tomato (sliced): 1
Italian Herbs Seasoning: to sprinkle
More alternatives you can use are olives, jalapeño, or even cheese!
In a bowl, knead together all the ingredients for the dough. Grease your baking dish. Spread your dough evenly throughout the dish.
Cover the baking dish with a cling film and keep in a warm place for approximately 1-2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
Meanwhile, chop all the desired vegetables you wish to add as the topping and set aside.
Once the dough has doubled in size, then gently form dimples throughout the dough using your hands.
Add approximately 2 tbsp of Olive Oil on top of the dough, followed by the toppings of your choice.
Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius, and bake your bread for approximately 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Congratulations! Your Focaccia Bread is ready to be consumed! 🙂