How to Make Amazing Mediterranean Focaccia Bread- take pizza night to the next level!
I made this amazing Mediterranean Focaccia Bread early this week, and we all craved more until I made it again tonight. It is simple and will make your house smell AH-MAZE-ING. Need I say more?
Preheat your oven to 450°F. Start with basic dough ingredients – this recipe calls for water, honey, olive oil, flour, salt, yeast and Italian Seasoning. No specific order- you don’t even need to dissolve the yeast, just throw it all in together and start that bread hook kneading.
(It looks as though I literally threw mine in with all the flour mess but, no- I’m just a messy cook. I don’t even have a child to blame it on today- just me missing the bowl like its my first time cooking… onward.)
You should come out with a soft stretchy dough that looks like this:
Ok, now cover that bad boy and set it aside to rise. Maybe don’t forget about it like I did…ahem.
(It is impressive to the children when this happens, and you may receive a standing ovation from a three year old).
I will warn you that upon uncovering the dough you will be met with the most pleasing aroma- similar to an Italian restaurant. You will make haste to finish this up and eat it ’cause that smell… uh huh.
See how pretty all those herbs are in it as you roll it out? This recipe will make 2 pans, roll them pretty thin because they will continue rising. The nature of this dish as a focaccia bread means that the bread layer will be quite thick in the end.
Stab it with a fork a few times and stick it in the oven for 5 minutes.
While the bread is getting a head start in the oven- prepare your toppings : Sauce, Mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, olives, spinach and feta cheese crumbles. The sauce is made of a can of tomato sauce with a tablespoon of Italian seasoning added into it.
Take your half-baked crust, and layer sauce very thin, cheese not so thin, tomatoes, olives, chopped spinach and lastly the feta crumbles. See how much the bread rose? And yes, I totally missed the mark and crumbled feta all over the kitchen as you can see…
Put it in the oven for about 18 minutes. You want those feta crumbles browned up well and the crust a bit crispy on the bottom.
Slice it up and slide it onto a drying rack to keep your crust crisp.
Oh, and try not to burn the taste buds off of your tongue in your haste to get a bite!.. ahem.
1 1/2 c water
1 1/2 TBS yeast
1 TBS honey
1 1/2 tea olive oil
1/2 tea salt
2 TBS Italian Seasoning
2-4 c flour
Knead together until stretchy. Let rise until double. Roll out and bake for 5 minutes at 450 degrees.
Add toppings and cook for another 18 minutes.
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