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Basic Focaccia recipe

This recipe uses dough cycle of bread machine.

Recipe: Basic Focaccia

1 cup water, warm
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
5 teaspoons Italian seasoning, heaping
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • Place all of the ingredients into thepan of your bread machine. Program for Dough or Manual, and pressStart.
  • At the end of the cycle, remove the doughfrom the machine and punch it down. Roll it out to form a rectangle,and transfer it to a cookie sheet, 10 x 15-inch to 12 x 18-inch.Pat the dough into the pan. Make indentations in the dough withyour fingertips, about an inch apart, and drizzle sparingly witholive oil.
  • Plain focaccia can be topped with a lightsprinkling of salt and pepper. Other toppings may include brownedonions, fresh minced garlic, goat cheese, pesto, fresh sage andbacon, potatoes and rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes, Gorgonzolacheese, olives, or any combination of those or other ingredientsof your choice.
  • Allow the focaccia rise for 30 minutesto an hour. Bake the focaccia in the preheated 450°F (230°C)oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Drizzlewith extra-virgin olive oil, and serve.

    Makes 6 to 10 servings.

    Note: If using a small (1-pound) breadmachine, remove the dough from the machine at the end of thesecond kneading cycle, and transfer it to a lightly greased bowlto rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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    Although the making of this recipe is spread over two days, the actual hands-on time is quite short. After you mix the dough, it rises overnight in the refrigerator, where the cold slows yeast activity dramatically. This is the key to truly flavorful focaccia. I’m not sure what happened. I think that I followed the recipe to the letter of the law, but it never really rose for me. It tasted great, but it was about a half inch thin! I’m going to try again soon to see if it was a mistake I made. Anyone have any ideas??

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