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Italian Focaccia

What you need: 

Dough:
1 kilo (about 7 cups) white flour (you can use whole wheat also but it's just not the same)
2 level tablespoons dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups warm water (about)
1 tablespoon raw sugar
Toppings:
whole rosemary
olive oil
sesame seeds
kosher salt
or just about anything you like!

What you do: 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Pour flour in bowl and make well inside. put in bottom of well salt then sugar then yeast and slowly pour half of the water. Mix slowly with large wood spoon and slowly add remaining water as needed. When dough has formed a nice ball and does not stick to the sides dump out on counter. Knead dough about 5 minutes until it is very smooth and elastic.
If you want a thick focaccia flatten dough out with hands and put on standard sized (40cm X 35cm) flat oven tray or cookie sheet that has been liberally doused with olive oil. Flatten the dough a little more on tray and cover with tea towel. Let rise about 40 minutes.
When risen gently punch and stretch dough with finger to fit sides of tray and to make the traditional "bumps". Douse top of focaccia with more olive oil and sprinkle on sesame seeds, kosher salt (not to much) and rosemary leaves.
Put in warmed oven and bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
If you like a thinner foccacia then just divide the dough into half and bake on two separate trays.
This makes the foundation for the best pizza in the world and you can top it with anything just don't leave out the olive oil.
I got this recipe from my friends Italian mother-in-law and anyone who tries it...loves it!
Enjoy

Preparation Time: 
2 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4-8
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made mine from 100% whole wheat, and it was AWESOME!  There's no need to use the all purpose on this one.

Thanks for the share.

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This sounds delicious! I am making it today with some pesto....yum!

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Really easy and fantastic recipe. One note if you only put in 5 cups of flour at the liquid and then add the rest of the flour while kneeding its so much easier. I threw on garlic dried basil, oregano, parsley and kneaded in some chopped olives and sundried tomato oh love olive oil!!

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I made this bread with whole wheat flour and it turned out really well!

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