Sunday, October 3, 2010

REAL FOOD: Quick & Easy Focaccia Bread

REAL FOOD:  QUICK & EASY FOCACCIA BREAD


INGREDIENTS:

3 & 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 envelope rapid rise yeast
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 & 2/3 cups very warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 tbsp. of grated parmesan
1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning


Ok, a couple of things before we get started....first off, the water temp for the yeast.  Yes, you need it between 120 & 130 degrees....however, if you don't have a thermometer handy, don't panic, and don't not try to make this bread !! Just make sure that your water is VERY WARM....not so hot that you can't put your hand in it, but warm enough enough that when you do touch it, you know it has some heat to it.  If it will burn your hand, then it will burn the yeast....at the same time, if there isn't enough heat, the yeast won't activate.  Just go for it !! ;)
Second, this bread can be whatever you want as far as toppings go !!!  I use the cheese & seasoning, however, you can pretty much put anything on it ! Sliced tomatoes....fresh basil....sky's the limit, so see what makes you smile !! ;)


Mix the 1st 4 ingredients in a bowl.  Add the water and the 2 tbsp. of olive oil.  Mix well.
Put in greased cookie pan.  Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes or till doubled in size.
Make dimples (with your finger....just randomly poke your finger in the dough all over the surface), drizzle more olive oil on top, sprinkle with seasoning and lots of lovely cheese !!
Cover and let rise again for 15 min.
Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or till golden brown !!

You can either slice this into "bread sticks" for dipping in your favorite marinara or "gravy"....you can cut it in squares to then open up for sandwiches (I love doing this !!), or you can just rip into that bad boy, and have a blast !!!!
Give it a try, and see what you think !!! Let me know how it turns out for ya !! ;)

Mangia, Mangia !!!
~ Ciao,
Mamma Gigi   ;)


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3 comments:

  1. Hi Gina Gigi :)!
    Thank you for your e-mail and sweet comment!
    You are very kind :)
    Love your recipes :)
    Are you born in Italy?
    Greetings from Tuscany,
    Mila :)

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  2. Hi Mila !! ;)

    You are sooo welcome !!! I just love your site, and all of the crafts you have on there !!! I have GOT to do that suitcase with the Tuscan paessagio on it !! Gorgeous !!!!
    Thanks for your kind words about my blog...still so new to this...trying to figure it all out !!! haha
    Unfortunately, I was not born in Italy...mi Nonno came from Ghivizzano, and my dream is to one day get there !!! Naturally, I love anything and everything from the Toscano region !! Be my virtual guide !!!! ;)
    Am going back to go see more things on your site & blog now !!! ;)
    Do you have a button, so I can list your blog on here ????
    Ciao from the States !!
    Gina ;)

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  3. Thank you soooo much :)) Gina!
    OMG! Ghivizzano? Really? It’s a small world!
    A couple a weeks ago, my DH (Marco) and I, went to Ghivizzano castle as there was the event titled “Norcini a castello”...difficult to translate for me...pratically there was specialty shops who sell “raw ham”, (prosciutto in Italian), salami (salame in Italian) etc..Than the "Historical Group of Ghivizzano Castle", in period costume revived the ancient trade ...Wonderful!

    I added your blog on my wish list :)
    Yes I have button/banner of my blog and if you want I can send it as attached by e-mail.
    Ciao from Livorno,
    Mila :)

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