Want focaccia? Right here I’ve got an easy, no-fail recipe. All you do is mix, rise, stretch and rise again before baking. Give it a whirl and let me know how it works for you…
- 2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 2 teaspoons table salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1-¼ cups water
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup olive oil (you may not need all of this)
- coarse salt
PREPARING THE DOUGH
Preheat your oven to “warm” – anywhere between 150º-200º F – while you proceed with steps 2 – 6. When preheated, be sure to turn the oven OFF.
Measure both flours, yeast, salt, garlic powder and dried oregano into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse about 10 times.
In a 2-cup (or larger) measuring cup, pour in water and the 3 Tbsp olive oil. With machine running, pour in water & oil. After about 10-15 seconds, all the ingredients are wet and the dough comes together. It is wet and sticky.
Dump mixture into an oven safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for at least an hour in your warm oven.
PREPARATION FOR BAKING
When your dough has risen, take 2 Tbsp of the TOPPING olive oil and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Get a bit of this oil on your hands, remove the dough from your bowl and shape into a rough ball. Coat the dough with the oil on the baking sheet. With your oily hands, stretch the dough as much as you can. Then, wash your hands and cover the dough and baking sheet with plastic wrap.
Let dough rest a little while then stretch again. (The beauty of covering it with the plastic wrap is you don’t have to wash your hands before and after every time you stretch the dough a bit more.) This may take a while. Be patient.
When the dough has been stretched as much as your baking sheet will allow, let it rise undisturbed for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450º F.
Before removing plastic wrap, dimple the dough surface with your fingertips. Then, uncover the dough and drizzle as much or as little of the remaining olive oil over the dough. Sprinkle with coarse salt, to taste.
Bake for 10-15 minutes to desired golden brown color.
Enjoy as an appetizer or meal accompaniment. (I can’t advise you on what to do with leftovers because we never have any!)