Every now and then at Pebble Soup HQ, one of us bakes a new bread recipe. None of the conventional loafs something a little different. Previously he cooked an Injera, so I answered with another flat bread, an Italian one this time: Focaccia.
Focaccia is very similar to pizza dough. Its aspect is created via a technique called dotting, bakers use two fingers to create holes in the dough. It contains olive oil, is topped with salt and herbs usually rosemary. I picked focaccia for three reasons:
- In a attempt to create a kitchen garden, I planted some herbs, Rosemary is one of them
- Concomitantly, we had a family commemoration during which I couldn't help thinking about rosemary, the emblem of remembrance, a symbol of love and fidelity. Anne of Cleves is said to have worn some in a wreath when she married Henry VIII.
- Jeanne at Cooksister! wrote this wonderful post about remembrance and rosemary.
Focaccia is rather easy to bake, though mine was a disaster as I left it too long in the oven and forgot to add oil to the dough. If it is really true that rosemary helps remembering, I think that the plant in the garden is indeed far too small, it will definitely be put to got use.
Rosemary and Sea Salt Foccicia
- 500g/1lb 2oz strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 2 tsp salt
- 10 black olives
- 4 garlic gloves finely chopped
- 1 x 7g/⅛oz sachet fast-action dried yeast
- 80ml/3fl oz olive oil plus extra for drizzling
- 150-250ml/5-9fl oz warm water
- 1 bunch fresh rosemary
- large pinch sea salt
1 Mix together the flour, salt, yeast, garlic, then add the olive oil, plus enough warm water to make a soft but not sticky dough. The dough should feel quite loose and not tight and difficult to knead
2 Work the dough for 10-15 minutes and leave in a bowl covered in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes
3 Thin the daough and kned lightly again, Roll out to an oval shape
4 Place on greased baking sheet cover and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
5 Preheat the oven to 200C. Make indentations with your fingertips all over the top. Drizzle oil on the top, sprinkle with rock salt and rosemary.
6 Bake for 25 minutes until golden.