98% would make again
Herbed Flatbread (Focaccia) 4 Ways
featured in How To Use Up The Herbs In Your Kitchen
for 4 servings
- 1 ½ cups warm water (355 mL)
- 1 pack active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (500 g)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary
- 8 oz mixed tomato (225 g), to taste
- fresh rosemary, to taste
- ⅔ cup caramelized onion (100 g), to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 oz mixed olive (135 g), to taste
- parmesan cheese, to taste
- mozzarella cheese, to taste
- 4 oz gorgonzola cheese (125 g), to taste
- Calories 765
- Fat 21g
- Carbs 119g
- Fiber 7g
- Sugar 4g
- Protein 22g
Estimated values based on one serving size.
- Stir yeast packet into water and allow yeast to bloom. (A light foam should appear on top of the water after about 5 minutes. This means the yeast is alive and active.)
- Add olive oil to water and mix.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper, and herbs together.
- Once incorporated, create a small well in the middle and pour in the water/yeast/oil mixture.
- Mix by hand, wetting your working hand before mixing so the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers. The water and flour should come together and form a rough dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- NOTE: If the dough is too sticky, add more flour in small increments, about 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Once the dough begins to come together, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball.
- Coat the bowl the dough was initially mixed in with about a tablespoon of olive oil and place the dough ball inside. Give it a few turns to coat the dough in the oil.
- Cover and let the dough rise until it doubles in size about 1 hour.
- While the dough rises, prepare a large baking sheet by generously coating it with olive oil.
- Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten it out into a large rectangle.
- Using a knife or dough scraper, cut the dough into 4 evenly sized rectangles.
- Press the rectangles flat and arrange them with each one pressed into a corner of the baking sheet.
- Cover and let the dough rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450˚F (230˚C) while the dough is resting.
- Depending on the temperature of your kitchen and activeness of the yeast, the 4 rectangles should have risen to be about an 1-inch (2 ½ cm) thick.
- Using your fingers, poke the the dough all over--creating small dimples across the surface.
- Generously coat the tops of the dough rectangles one last time with olive oil (some oil will pool inside of the divots we made with our fingers. That’s ok!) Use a basting brush to ensure all of the dough gets covered with olive oil.
- Top the dough rectangles with your choice of toppings. (We did four different combinations, including tomatoes with fresh rosemary, caramelized onions and parmesan cheese, mixed olive with gorgonzola cheese, and 3-cheese using parmesan, mozzarella, and gorgonzola.)
- Once finished with the toppings, liberally sprinkle the breads with a coarse salt.
- Bake at 450˚F (230˚C) for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into equal pieces.