Friday, November 13, 2015

Fresh Focaccia

Last night I decided I wanted to make fresh Focaccia...     I grew up around some of the best Focaccia bread ever...    Down the long hill make a right at the corner and there was DeRosa corner store and a couple of blocks more was the elementary school Daniel Webster where Mama went and we went...    And everyday we pasted by DeRosas store on the way to shchool and on the way home...  It was ran by an older half bald Italian man and his wife...    I can't or Marty and I don't remember her, his wife's name but I remember her kind face...    They were both very loving and kind to all of us kids...    They had the best fresh lunch meats and rolls and the best Focaccia ever...  
     Started with my big Blue bowl...    I thought this recipe a little different.  Everything was done in one bowl,  Nice...    Yeast and all...   I was unsure of this because I have nevr did it like this, but it turn out fantastic...
      Mix it all up throw it on the lightly floured counter knead for five minutes simple...

      Cover with plastic let rise...    One to one and half hours...
Also cover with towel...    Then all nice and risen...

      All my different things I'm going to use...   Some herbs from my Garden...
      Vee, my daughter brought home this mexican cheese quite hard in texture and nice in flavor so I also used that, which worked out great...    
      Nice and brown on the bottom and is nice and crunchie...    I'm just loving it...

I made two from my dough because I prefer it not so thick...    You can either make one large sheet pan or if you like it a bit thinner like I did one long one and one small round...    Or three rounds, your choice of toppings...
Basic Focaccia Recipe
Makes 1 (13 x 9 Inch) Rectangular Pan, or 3 (10 – 12 Inch) Round Loaves
by Deborah Mele
5 Cups All-purpose Unbleached Flour
2 Teaspoons Instant Yeast
2 – 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Plus 2 Additional Tablespoons To Oil Bowl)
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Warm Water
Measure and assemble your flour, oil, salt, yeast, and water.
Add everything but the water into a large bowl and stir.
Add half the water and stir.  Continue to add water until the dough begins to come together into a shaggy ball.  Dump the dough mixture onto a lightly floured surface surface and begin to knead with the heels of your hand.  Knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and pliant.  Add a little oil (2 tablespoons) to the bottom of a large bowl and place your ball of dough inside. Roll the ball around in the oil, ensuring the sides of the bowl, and ball of dough are both lightly oiled.  Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise.  I cover mine with a kitchen towel on top of the plastic wrap and sit it on a large sunny windowsill.  Let the dough rise until it is doubled in size, about an hour or an hour and a half depending on ambient temperature.  You can see how pillowy and soft the dough becomes.  To make a large rectangular focaccia, lightly oil a 13 X 9 inch baking sheet with sides.  Dump your risen dough into the pan punching it down to deflate it.  Use your fingers to push and press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for another 20 or 30 minutes or until the dough dimples when pushed with your fingertip.  Use the tips of your fingers to dimple the entire top of the focaccia.  Drizzle olive oil over the top turning the pan carefully to allow the oil to roll into the indentations.  Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the top of your focaccia and then let it sit and rise for another 15 minutes while you preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.   Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool to room temperature before slicing.  To make round loaves, divide your ball of dough after the first rise into three equal parts. I actually weigh mine and these balls weighed 400g (About 14 ounces) each.   
Sprinkle cornmeal over three baking sheets. Take one ball art a time and use your hands to begin to press into a flat disc.   Use the heel of your hand pushing from the center out, turning the circle of dough as you go until you create a circle about 12 inches across. Place each round on a prepared baking sheet, cover with kitchen towels and let rise for 20 to 30 minutes until soft.   Dimple the dough with fingers as shown with the rectangular focaccia above, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and add any additional toppings you prefer. Above I used halved, pitted Kalamata olives. Let prepared dough sit and rise for another 15 minutes while you preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.  Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool to room temperature before slicing.   Three different focaccia breads made from one basic dough recipe.

                            Yummmmmmy for the tummy it's so good..
I hope you try Deborah's recipe from Italian food forever blog...   I have reading this blog for years and I love it....
                                       Happy Friday and weekend 
                                                With love


  1. Ooooooo. Looks fabulous, Janice. Can you send a piece over? Mmmmm yummy. Susan

  2. Looks lovely! and im sure the kitchen smells good, i love cooking but with a full time job, dont have always time, thanks for sharing Janice, happy weekend!

  3. Now that looks amazing, its certainly a recipe that I will be trying.

  4. This looks so yummy Janice and beautifully cooked. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This looks so delicious..I have never tried making it and you make it look so easy. I am definitely adding it to my recipe collection
    By the way...I love your pretty crochet edge towel.
    Phoebe x

  6. I've never had fresh Focaccia before, Janice. This looks scrumptious with the tomatoes, olives, herbs, and Mexican cheese. Just like a yummy pizza.

    Yes, San Francisco has never got much snow, but it's still one of the fun places to visit - lots of interesting things to do and see. :)

    love, ~Sheri

  7. That looks absolutely divine and I WILL try it!!!

  8. I just found your post.
    Would you believe I have been thinking of making this Focaccia
    for the last week. I will use your recipe and get back.
    Please drop over some time.

  9. Oh gosh!!!!! How yum. We had some of that while we
    travelled around Italy in 2013. Beautiful country,
    beautiful food.....oh was heaven!!!
    Cheers, Anita.

  10. You're making me so hungry, Janice!! Your focaccia looks fabulous, and I love the vintage tea towels that you pretty!

  11. MMM...your focaccia looks delicious!!! I like focaccia very much and also my child

  12. Wow, that's some beautiful bread!!! It looks tasty too. I'll have to print this one and try. Thanks for your msg letting me know about this post. That blue bowl is gorgeous too! Time to catch up with the rest of your posts.