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Focaccia Bread

In the past it was common for households to bake their own bread every week. It’s a tradition that is making comeback as more people discover the joy of bread making. This focaccia is a good one to try because it’s so simple.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    • 1 teaspoon table salt
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
    • olive oil
    • coarse sea salt
    • fresh cracked black pepper
    • grated parmesan cheese

    Instructions

    1. Dissolve the yeast and two tablespoons of sugar in one cup warm water. Add 1/4 cup flour. Set aside for five minutes while the yeast proofs.
    2. Slowly stir in 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, one teaspoon iodized salt, one tablespoon olive oil, and three tablespoons fresh herbs.
    3. Dust the counter with a 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Place the dough on the flour and knead for five minutes.
    4. Coat the dough with two tablespoons olive oil and place in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth. Let the dough rise for 45 minutes.
    5. Dust baking stone with two tablespoons corn meal. If you don't have a baking stone a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper will work.
    6. Place the dough on the prepared baking stone and shape into a flat circle or rectangle. Top with olive oil, coarse sea salt, cracked black pepper, more chopped fresh herbs and grated Parmesan.
    7. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes.