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Versatile Focaccia Bread

Versatile Focaccia Bread

Even though it's not typically served at Thanksgiving (at least not in my household), I wanted to experiment with making bread because I hate the Hawaiian Rolls that my family loves to eat with their turkey. I searched online for the basic ingredients and instructions for Focaccia, and ended up throwing together the ingredients I had on hand, and it came out pretty tasty! Almost pizza like, actually.


Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Avocado Oil (or, more traditionally Extra-Virgin Olive Oil)
2 TBS crushed garlic
1 TBS dried oregano (flakes)
1 TBS dried parsley (flakes)
2 1/2 Cups flour
Salt & Pepper to taste (about 1-2 TSP each)
1 Cup warm water
1 TSP Honey
2 1/2 TSP dry active yeast

Instructions:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, mix the oil, garlic, and dry seasoning, and microwave for about 20-30 seconds so that the flavors from the herbs can infuse the oil. You can also do this in a skillet on low heat but I'm lazy and microwaved it.
  2. Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl. Add in the honey and yeast, stir, and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in 1 cup of the flour, and about 1/4 cup of the infused oil and stir so that you have a sticky batter. Let it sit for another 5 or so minutes.
  4. Now you can add in the rest of the flour and the salt and you'll notice a dough starting to form. Knead it in the bowl or on a floured surface until you can form a smooth ball.
  5. Place the dough ball into an oiled mixing bowl, cover with a damp towel, and place somewhere warm for at least an hour, but no more than three. 
  6. After at least one hour has passed, you are almost ready to bake (I know, this sounds like a lot of waiting, but it goes by quickly, especially if you do the dishes during the wait times!). Take some of the infused oil (a few tablespoons), and heavily oil the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. It's best if you use one with a non-stick coating so that plus the oil will prevent your bread from sticking. One of my dishes was not non-stick and even all the oil wasn't enough to prevent my bread from sticking to the bottom.
  7. Place your dough in the baking dish and spread it out evenly. Use your fingers to create dimples in the bread. Feel free to make your bread as dimply as you want, just as long as it is not a smooth surface.
  8. Pour the rest of your infused oil over the top of the dough. Use a brush to spread it evenly across the surface, making sure you don't have too much seasoning clumped in one area.
  9. More waiting. Let the dough sit for an additional 20 minutes so it can puff up once more.
  10. While you're waiting, you can preheat your oven to 450°F 
  11. When the dough is ready, place in the oven on the center rack and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 
  12. Remove from the pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Serve warm!

You don't have to use the herbs I listed if you don't want to! You can try Rosemary, or herbless! You can also slice this into breadsticks and dip into marinara.

You don't have to use the herbs I listed if you don't want to! You can try Rosemary, or herbless! You can also slice this into breadsticks and dip into marinara.

Let me know if you tried any modifications of this bread! I'd love to see what other ideas you come up with. Be sure to tag your photos with #gymandpizza so I can check them out!

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