Focaccia

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This is a great recipe, very easy but you will need lots of patience. Not recommended if you want to make something quickly, but trust me the results are worth the wait!
The dough is extremely wet and you will be tempted add more flour but resist the temptation.

Prep time Baking time Temperature Difficulty Servings
2 1/2 hours 20 minutes 220C / 200C fan medium 2 loaves

Here is what you will need:

  • 500g of strong white flour
  • 2 packets of yeast (15g or 2 tbs)
  • 400ml tepid water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Smoked sea salt flakes or Rosemary

JFP_6229Ingredients.

JFP_6278Add 500g of flour to a mixing bowl

JFP_6681JFP_6721Add 2 tablespoons (or 2 packets) of yeast, and 1/2 tsp of sugar to a jug. Add 400ml of tepid water. The sugar will help the yeast develop and balance the taste of the salt that we will add towards the end.

There are some recipes that will tell you to add salt to the flour, but I don’t like doing this since it kills the yeast.

JFP_6371Leave the yeast to develop for about 30min, and add 300ml of the yeasty water to the flour, mix together while gradually adding the remaining 100ml of water.

JFP_6398JFP_6461 Knead the dough for at least 5 minutes. This process will stretch the gluten in the flour and will help it to rise and expand.

JFP_6546Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover and leave it to rise somewhere warm for at least 1 hour, until double its original size.
JFP_6818After 1 hour it should look like this.

JFP_6830Add the dough to an oiled tray and split into 2 parts.

JFP_6583Spread the dough on the tray and push it towards the edges, making sure that it has a consistent thickness.

JFP_6847Leave to rise for another hour on the trays.

JFP_6851Add some olive oil, salt flakes or rosemary to the dough. Use your fingers to create dimples. If you wet your fingers with water it stops the dough from sticking to your fingers.

JFP_6873Bake for 20 minutes at 200C (fan assisted) 220C normal oven. The end result should look something like this.

Drizzle with some extra olive oil and add some more salt flakes if needed.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we have!

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