I know, I’m obsessed with breads. And yet I had never tried making a bread as easy as focaccia. Yesterday, finally I did.
We were craving for something garlicky yesterday, and I was already in the middle of preparing focaccia dough, hence the improvisation.
For the bread
- About 200 gms of whole wheat flour.
- 3 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the seasoning
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 7-8 olives halved
As usual, I added the yeast to the warm water and sugar and let it froth.
I then mixed together the flour, garlic powder, salt and the yeast mixture to form a sticky dough.
Tip it over a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough turns into a soft even looking fluffy ball. Tip this into an oiled bowl and keep it covered with cling for about 2 hours or till the dough has doubled in size.
Then punch it down and flatten it into a rectangle on a baking tray with your hands. Rub some oil on the top and make dimples all over the flattened surface.
Cover with a damp towel and let it proof for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix all the seasoning ingredients together. After about 30 minutes, rub this spice mixture evenly over the flattened dough. Then stud the olives over it.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top looks evenly golden brown all over. Let the bread cool over wire rack.
We had this with garlic cheese to intensify the garlic flavour. And it was YUMMM!!