Focaccia Bread

The process of baking bread is like meditation for me. It brings a sense of calmness to a super impatient person like me. The aroma of bread baking fills up the home giving it a cosy feeling. Of all the cooking, grilling and baking….baking bread remains my first love.

My encounter with breads started with a bread basket and then moved on to loaves and then more daring ones to make them attractive for my toddler.

With fresh rosemary & cherry tomatoes from the kitchen garden, Focaccia has become a permanent feature on our dining table.

Serves – 4. Time – Dough: 20 minutes. Proofing: 40 minutes. Baking: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  1. Flour(Maida) – 2 cups
  2. Yeast – 1 tsp
  3. Sugar – 1 tsp + 1/4 tsp
  4. Salt – 1 tsp
  5. Olive oil – 2 tblspn
  6. Buttermilk/Milk/Water – 200 ml
  7. Rosemary(refer notes) – 2 sprigs
  8. Cherry Tomatoes – 10-12

Method

  1. Activate yeast by mixing it in 1/4 cup lukewarm milk/water & 1/4 tsp sugar. It should turn frothy in 12-15 minutes
  2. Mix flour, sugar and salt in a big bowl
  3. Add activated yeast, buttermilk to the above mixture
  4. Knead a soft dough using stretch & fold method
  5. Keep aside for proofing for 40 minutes in an oiled vessel and covered with a damp cloth
  6. Once doubled in size, place in the baking tray and sprinkle the rosemary & cherry tomatoes
  7. Next, make depressions with fingers and drizzle olive oil
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees

Notes

  1. Experiment with toppings. I prefer, Rosemary/ Cherry Tomatoes/ Onions/ Bell peppers & Olives
  2. I use buttermilk which is the liquid leftover after making ghee(clarified butter). The plain market bought buttermilk/milk works just as well
  3. Once you place the dough for baking, put 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom shelf
  4. Focaccia pairs well with oregano infused olive oil OR plain olive oil. I prefer it plain with a cup of coffee

2 thoughts on “Focaccia Bread

  1. Very soft and delicious bread. I made it along with my daughter, we both definitely enjoyed making this bread. Buttermilk makes it moist and adds a mild sour taste.

    keep posting more easy and tasty recipes.

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