Sea Salt and Rosemary Focaccia

Focaccia is a popular Italian flatbread, which is seasoned with olive oil and can be topped with almost anything: sea salt, herbs, olives or tomatoes, to name just a few. For relatively little effort, you’ll be rewarded with a tasty bread, perfect for dipping in oils or using to make deluxe sandwiches (at an infinitely cheaper price than a £3-or so sandwich from local student hangout Bakery 164).

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Recipe | Sea Salt and Rosemary Focaccia

Ingredients:

  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cooking salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (+ extra to drizzle on top later)
  • 350ml cold water
  • 1-2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Sprigs of rosemary (either dried or fresh)

Method:

  1. Place the flour in a large bowl; stir in the cooking salt and yeast.
  2. Mix in the olive oil.
  3. Add the water, a little at a time, stirring until the dough comes together.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface.
  5. Knead the dough for approximately five minutes, then put it back in the bowl and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size.
  6. Either oil a baking tray, or line a baking tray with foil; as a guideline, my tray was c. 28cm x 18cm x 3cm.
  7. Tip the dough onto the baking tray, and push it out to form a rectangle.
  8. Leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  9. When the dough has risen, poke holes in the surface of the dough and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt and rosemary.
  10. Bake at 220°C for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden.
  11. Leave to cool on a wire rack, or enjoy warm straight from the oven!

Having lost my original recipe for focaccia, I adapted Paul Hollywood’s recipe from BBC Food.

Tips:

  • I lined my tray with foil as I find it’s easier to remove the dough this way; if your baking tray is flat this shouldn’t be a problem.
  • You could try making rolls with the dough, rather than one large flatbread.
  • This recipe can be easily adapted to different tastes – try using different herbs and seasonings, or adding pizza toppings to it such as olives and tomatoes.
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