Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spicy Italian Focaccia..No Knead!

         I've made this bread twice in one week and we are still talking about how much we loved it. I've piled on the cheese,added different spices,plan on piling roasted peppers and mushrooms on top and I'm trying to work it in again for another meal this week!

Thats how awesome this bread is. It's chewy,easy,tastes awesome..it's NO KNEAD, you can switch it up in any way you like, make a big salad to go along with it and you've got a cheap meal..did I mention it's NO KNEAD?? I promise you that this is one of the easiest yeast recipes to tackle.

I live in a more humid climate and noticed when I was supposed to go and poke the holes in the dough that mine was more of a "wet dough". The second time I made the recipe I made sure not to add anymore flour to the recipe because we loved it just the way it was. I also allowed the second rising of the dough to go on longer. I was able to get a really puffy chewy focaccia that actually allowed me to split it in half and make sandwiches out of it. So no matter if you get the puffy focaccia or the thinner focaccia it's all a win win here.

Spicy Italian Focaccia

3-1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
1 envelope Rapid Rise Yeast ( 2-1/4 tsp.)
1 TBS Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
3-4 TBS Olive Oil,divided
1-2/3 cup Warm Water
2 TBS Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp. Basil
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1/4 tso. Garlic Salt
1/2-3/4 tsp. Dried Onion
1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes,optional

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, salt and yeast. While mixing, slowly pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and warm water. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Transfer dough to a well greased 13x9 inch pan. Spread out dough with a rubber spatula. Cover and let rise for 30 mins in a warm spot ** Make sure your plastic wrap has been lightly sprayed with nonstick spray so that the dough doesn't stick onto it** ( When it's to cold to leave dough out to rise, I like to pre heat my oven on a low setting and then turn it off right before I place the dough in there to rise).

In a small bowl, combine seasonings and cheese. Set aside.

After the first rise, poke holes in the dough with either lightly floured fingertips or a greased woodspoon handle. Drizzle with remaining 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkles spice and cheese mixture evenly over the top. Allow dough to rise again for 15 mins ( I bumbed it up to 30 mins).

Preheat oven to 375 or 190 and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 5-10 mins.

** Again you can add in more cheese,add spices to the dough itself and top it wih additional ingredients**

Yield: 1-13x9 Focaccia
Source: Baked by Rachel



Formerly known as Frau said...

I love focaccia bread....looks delish and do able! Nice compliment to a salad....perfect for this time of year! Our you planting your garden yet or planning what you are planting this year?

Benthe said...

I ate this perfect focaccia in Italy a few years ago and I'm still trying to get it the same at home. This looks so good, and the same, so it is on my to do list!

I am a Dutchie and I liked reading your opinion, from a outsider into our community. It'll be so different than when you don't grow up here.

Also, you said in your FAQ that you can't be baking soda at the pharmacy. But I actually always use zuiveringszout, it is the same I guess? It works perfectly fine for me anyways.

Sonya said...

Hi Bentha! The baking soda I bake with can be purchased at AH or other grocery stores now but when I first came here, it was hard to find. Alot of Dutch people would tell me to go to the pharmacy and use the baking soda there..but thats ment to soak your feet in and not to actually consume. Several of us expats have gotten that comment and thats why I included that in my FAQ section :) I still get e-mails from newcomers who ask if its safe to use that stuff from the pharmacy!

a happy little life said...

oh focaccia!!! YUM! you know me and bread i will make this! sounds wonderful! xo

What A Dish! said...

Made this yesterday and loved it- esp. how easy it was! Was too dark outside to take a good pic so I'll have to make it again. The fam loved it too- was gone very fast.

Sonya said...

YAY..Im so glad you guys loved this! I have made it once a week since the first time..we just love it!

a happy little life said...

made this too a few times now! and included a mention/link in my post today.
making it again tonight. we are having company for dinner :)
hope your doing great!
xo t.

Sonya said...

YAY..I am so glad you guys like this recipe! I have made this once a week since I made it the first time..lol we seriously love it :)

What A Dish! said...

Ok, I made this again a few days ago, because my fam loved it so much, it's so easy, AND I needed to photograph it!! Lol! So I'll try to put it up on my blog sometime this week. Very excited about this recipe! I've made focaccia a lot in the past, but always spent way more time on it.... no more! There's no reason to!

Sonya said...

I totally agree..this is by far the easiest with the biggest rewards focaccia I have ever baked. We have turned it into sandwiches aswell and just love it! Im so glad you guys love it as much as we do!

a happy little life said...

i made this again tonight. it's got be about the 6 times or so by now. this time i added the spices all inside and kept the dough on the 'skicky side' and spread it out in the biggest pan i have, a 10x14 pan. i accidentally 'spilled' olive oil on it, more than i would have put on top of it normally and honestly... i'm going to be heavy handed with my drizzeling from now on. best yet!
happy easter!

Sonya said...

Oh wow..soo loving that version! I am making it again tomorrow..lol I added the spices on the inside lasttime and we loved it like that aswell..so many things to do with this wonderful bread!

Happy Easter!