Focaccia Bread Recipe

An easy and delicious recipe for first time bread makers. Simple to prepare, quick to bake and unbelievably tasty.

Ingredients

For the dough:

500g strong flour, plus extra for dusting
1 x 7g sachet of yeast
2 pinches of salt
2 pinches of sugar
325ml tepid water

For the topping:

Good quality olive oil
8-10 small basil leaves
8-10 cherry tomateos halved
3-4 pinches of sea salt

Method:

1. Firstly make the dough by combining all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour in the water and mix with a spoon until it comes together.

2. Tip it onto the work surface, dust with a bit of flour and knead for 10 minutes until well combined and elastic. Place it back into the mixing bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Allow to prove for an hour in a warm place.

3.After an hour prepare your baking tin by greasing with some oil. Take the dough and spread it across your baking tin with your finger tips pressing down hard on it to make loads of different grooves. Remove the thyme leaves from the sprigs and drizzle with some oil so they don’t burn in the oven.

4.Now place in the filling of choice. Press into different grooves along the dough a leaf of basil and half a cherry tomato. Once you have your filling placed into the different grooves, sprinkle with 2 pinches of sea salt.

5.Cover with the damp tea towel again and leave to prove more for 20mins. While proving preheat the oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas mark 6.

6.Once proved, remove the tea towel and place into the oven for 20 minutes until crispy on top and fluffy inside.

7.As soon as its cooked remove it from the oven and drizzle well with olive oil to give it an amazing shine and help flavour it. Sprinkle over the rest of the sea salt, remove from the tin and serve.

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