Easy Focaccia Bread

My husband loves bread! So much so that I bought him a bread machine for our anniversary one year and he used it to death. I made bread by hand once and it made 2 small loaves and hubby ate one of them as soon as it was cool enough to eat without him burning his mouth.

With the quarantine, it seems like everyone and their dogs are making homemade bread and do you think I can find yeast in the stores?

No chance in hell!

Thank goodness for Pinterest! After a lot of searching and a lot of reading, I settled on this recipe.

Simple ingredients that we had at home, minimal work, and it was ready in 20-25 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

bread dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sparkling water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey

garlic herb oil

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 gloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven 450 degrees. Line an oven safe pan or sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour blend, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Add sparkling water, 2 tablespoons olive oil and maple syrup. Mix until just blended.
  4. Pour batter into center of baking sheet. Using rubber spatula, smooth out dough into rectangle or circle, about 1-inch thick, max.
  5. Spread garlic herb oil over top of dough with pastry brush. Using finger, poke indents into dough, 1-inch apart.
  6. Bake bread 20-22 minutes or until golden brown, rotating pan after 10 minutes of baking.
  7. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Slice warm focaccia bread. Best served served warm, right after baking.

One thing I will probably change next time (as there WILL be a next time!) is adding a coarse grain salt sprinkled on top.

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