After many attempts...I was finally able to make some FOCACCIA!!!!!
For being Italian, bread is always on the table. Being able to make my favorite bread at the comfort of my home, and living in Japan with Focaccia nowhere to be found, I am now a very happy person.
I swear this is an easy recipe. All you have to do is have all the ingredients, get your hands ready to knead some dough, have time and patience. The total time to make this focaccia is 2 hours, but trust me, it's worth it and I have photos to guide you throughout the whole process!
150 Grams of All-purpose White flour *
150 Grams of All-purpose Whole-wheat flour *
150 ml of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of dried Rosemary
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
1/4 Teaspoon of Honey
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1/4 Teaspoon of Ground pepper
1 package of Active Dry Yeast (1 package= 21 grams)
235 ml of Warm Water
** You can either use 300 grams of just white or just whole-wheat flour, I just like to use both
Let's get to it!!
1. In a skillet, combine olive oil, rosemary, and black pepper. Place the pan over medium heat and cook for about 7 minutes until you notice its aromatic smell. Once done, remove it from the pan and let it rest.
2. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, and honey. Stir a few times then let it sit for 5 minutes.
3. Add all of the white flour and a 1/4 cup of the infused rosemary-olive oil mixture to the bowl with yeast and honey. Stir until the flour has moistened. Let sit for another 5 minutes.
4. Stir in the whole-wheat flour and the salt. When the dough starts to get consistent, transfer it to a floured board and knead until smooth. (Flour your hands before you touch the dough so the mixture doesn't stick in your hands and to your working surface).
5. Grab another large bowl and oil its sides and bottom. (This will avoid the dough to stick to the bowl).
6. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover it and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm area in your kitchen. (I cover it with cling wrap, and it works just fine)
7. After 45 minutes, go ahead and heat up the oven to 450°F or 207°C degrees.
8. Once the dough spent its 1 hour rising, spread 2 tablespoons of the infused oil to a baking pan.
9. Transfer the dough in the baking pan and spread it with your fingers by creating dimples in it, while you're expanding it. Once expanded, spread the remaining infused oil on top of the dough and spread it all over with a spoon.
10. Let it rest for about 20 minutes, the dough will rise once again.
11. Once those 20 minutes have passed, put the baking pan in the oven and bake it for 15 to 20 minutes.
12. Remove it from the oven and let it cool down before cutting.
As I said before, this is extremely easy to make, as long as you have the most important ingredient: patience!
I hope you give this recipe a try and feel proud of the result like I did. You can make a sandwich out of it, or just eat it warm with some prosciutto on top, you can also have it as a side to accompany your pasta, you can have focaccia in so many ways!