Italian Focaccia Bread

By: Eric Maczko

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Be sure to oil the bowl the dough rises in with EVOO as well, both to prevent sticking and to flavor the crust.

Ingredients:
1 ¼ tsp active dry Yeast
2 Tbsp sugar  (1 tsp used to bloom yeast)
1 cup water + ¼ cup warm water
3 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp kosher salt
½ cup Round Pond Extra Virgin Olive Oil (fresh if you have it)

Option Ingredients:
1 ½ pints cherry tomatoes, split
¼ lbs black olives, pitted
`sea salt as needed

Directions:
In a bowl combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar and ¼ cup water (at 115°F).  Let mixture stand until it gets foamy, approx 10 minutes.

In a mixing bowl combine, flour, remaining sugar and kosher salt.  Form a well and add, yeast/water to flour mixture, along with 1 Tbsp EVOO, 1 cup warm water.  Mix until stiff.

Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, approx 10 minutes.  Return shaped dough ball to well oiled (3 Tbsp) bowl, cover with plastic and allow to rise for about 1 ½ hours.

Heat oven to 475°F.  Rub bottom and sides of chosen skillet or 13” deep dish pan with 2Tbsp olive oil.  Transfer dough, flip to cover both sides with oil and flatten with fingertips into pan. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour more. Press tomatoes and olives into dough, sprinkle with sea salt and bake until golden brown, 30 – 35 minutes.  Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Serve with a bowl of Round Pond Extra Virgin Olive Oil for dipping.

Eric Maczko

Written by: - Executive Chef

I love organic gardening in my Backyard Garden/Vineyard where I have 55 Albarino Vines and Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits, walks with my Yorkie named LaTour and golfing. My guilty pleasures are Doritos and Mountain Dew first thing in the morning - I don't do coffee...

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