Thursday, October 01, 2009

Herbs and Garlic Focaccia Bread

The weather is getting so much cooler and its time for soup and stew again. I baked this focaccia to eat it with our beef stew. Focaccia is a flat Italian bread traditionally flavored with olive oil and salt and often topped with herbs, onions, or other items. I top this focaccia bread with loads of garlic and rosemary. This is a great alternative to garlic bread.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp of sugar
1 packet (7 grms) dry yeast
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup lukewarm water


Topping:

4 cloves garlic - chopped
2 tbsp chopped rosemary
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil

1. Mix yeast and the sugar into the lukewarm water. Set it aside until it is foamy. Place the hook attachment to the mixer. In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, oregano and parsley. Slowly add in the yeast mixture to the flour. Knead till the dough pulled together. Add in the oil. Continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
2. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for an hour or until double it size.
3. Punch the dough down and place the dough on greased baking sheet. Pat the dough into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Mix all the topping ingredients together. Put the topping all over the bread.
4. Bake the bread in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

18 comments:

Shereen said...

Everything you cook or baked,looks good and am very sure taste yummy.Must share your kung Fu,huh!!!You've done it again!!Will try this soon.

Sonia said...

I like this kind of bread, will try out soon.

The Little Teochew said...

BEAUTIFUL! The pic of the cut slice is just "wow".

Elin said...

I love this herbed garlic flatbread...Gert,yours look yummy...eaten with soup or stew is real comfort food for cold weather :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Garlic herbal focaccia is one of my favourite Italian bread.
Yours looks terrific, esp. that square, just perfect!
Angie's Recipes

Anonymous said...

love the texture of your bread!! well,cold weather is the right time to bake ,right? U know I never try bake Focaccia yet! hmmm must try one day soon ..
oh!! btw...I'm using library computer now...so I didn't want to sign in into my account since it's public computer..


Lesley

Dawn said...

I love focaccia with a ton of stuff on it: cheese, caramelized onions, thyme, oh the list is endless! I'm not ready for this chilly weather. :-(

Kitchen Corner said...

I like foccacia bread. It looks very nicely baked! Wish I could have a piece now.. :P

ICook4Fun said...

Shereen, thank you. Tak ada kung fu lah. Just normal baking and cooking saja :)

Sonia, hope you like this.

Little Teochew, thank you.

Elin, yes is really good with stew. There real comfort food for cold weather.

Angie, thank you.

Lesley, you should bake some focaccia for Eliot. I am sure he will like it.

Dawn, I too like it with lots caramelized onions.

Kitchen Corner, come over and we can share some :)

Bits of Taste said...

Cute and delicious!

daphne said...

What a gorgeous looking bread!!!! Nicely done!!! I would love to have it for brunch and lunch!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yum, this is one of my hubby favorite breads.

Food For Tots said...

Your recipe just comes on time as I am looking for it recently. Your bread looks fantastic! I'm so impressed. ;)

Elizabeth said...

This looks great. I've been looking for a new focaccia recipe and I bet this would go great with the cannelloni I'm making this weekend.

Christelle said...

hummmmmm. it Looks nice and fluffy :))))

ICook4Fun said...

Bit of taste, thank you.

Daphne, thank you.

LCOM, my hubby too :)

Food for tots, thank you :)

Elizabeth, do try this out and hope you like it.

Christelle, yes it was fluffy.

Somni said...

Hi there, do you mean 2 1/2 cups of flour instead of 2 2/4? I know it means the same thing but I'm scared you didn't mean to type 2/4, maybe 1/4 or 3/4?

And what temperature do you preheat the oven to?

Thanks in advance. I used to use your old recipe a lot (http://www.mykitchensnippets.com/2008/09/caramelized-onions-tomato-focaccia.html) but the link on that post is now broken. :( I am trying this recipe though, cause it still looks good!

ICook4Fun said...

Somni, yes it should read 2 1/4. Just remember for baking bread you can always add a little bit more flour if the dough is too soft or wet. Add a little bit more water if the dough is too dry. Different type of flour and temperature of the environment will give different results in the dough. All bread recipes are just a guide.