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Basic Focaccia

 
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There are quicker versions of this recipe but this is a classic that's reasonably easy and works perfectly every time.

Yield

12

servings

Prep

35

min

Cook

25

min

Ready

60

min

Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Sugar-Free
 

Ingredients

Sponge
1 teaspoon yeast, active dry
½ cup water
warm, 105 - 115 degrees F
¾ cup all-purpose flour
Dough
1 teaspoon yeast, active dry
1 cup water
warm
3 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
Topping
2 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
1-1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt
coarse

Directions

For the sponge: Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk it in and let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

Stir in flour.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand until bubbly and doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

For the dough, sprinkle yeast over warm water.

Let stand until creamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.

With a wooden spoon, stir the yeast mixture and the olive oil into the sponge and mix well.

Stir in 1 cup of the flour and the salt. Stir in enough remaining flour to produce a soft dough.

Knead on a lightly floured board until soft and smooth, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Place dough in a lighly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled 1 to 1 14/ hrs or overnight in the fridge.

Divide dough in half and press into two lightly oiled 9 inch round cake pans.

If dough shrinks from the sides, let rest a few minutes then stretch it again.

Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until dough is full of air bubbles.

Just before baking, press your fingertips deep into the dough all over the surface to dimple the loaf.

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt Bake at 425 deg. for 20 to 25 minutes until top is golden. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 79g (2.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 20126% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 641mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 12%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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