Crowded Earth Kitchen followers will be familiar with Simple Bread as a made-from-scratch staple. For a Mediterranean twist on an old favorite, here is a recipe for Simple Foccacia Bread. It’s delicious with a variety of dipping sauces (think olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or even pizza sauce) and also delicious as a base for bruschetta. Enjoy!
Ingredients (Makes a 9″x13″ pan)
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 (0.25 ounce) package active-dry yeast
1/4 cup Portuguese olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Portuguese sea salt
3 – 4 cups all purpose flour
Another 2 tablespoons Portuguese olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest or 1 teaspoon finely minced preserved lemon
1 tablespoon Portuguese sea salt
Step 1) In a large mixing bowl, stir together lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. The top of the mixture will look a bit foamy; this is good.
Step 2) Add 1/4 cup of oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 cups of flour. Stir until combined.
Step 3) Dump remaining 1 cup of flour on a clean countertop and spread out into a circle about the size of a dinner plate. Transfer dough to the center of the circle, and flip over a few times to coat with flour. Gently knead the dough with your hands, pulling in the flour on the counter. Do not be intimidated by kneading dough with your hands – have fun with this, and remember that it only takes a moment to clean up! 🙂
Step 4) When the dough is still very soft but well combined, transfer to a greased bowl and cover with a clean towel. Set in the sun or other warm place for one hour.
Step 5) After one hour, transfer dough to a very well oiled (use olive oil) 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Poke holes in the top of the dough with your fingers.
Step 6) Whisk together lemon zest or preserved lemon and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Drizzle this mixture over your dough. Sprinkle generously with sea salt.
Step 7) Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Then, invert onto a cutting board and cut into about 16 pieces. Enjoy!
5 replies to “Simple Foccacia Bread”
This is the best simple bread I have ever tasted!
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed!
This looks delicious! Foccacia is all about the possibilities!
This is the best simple bread I’ve ever had!
That’s wonderful to hear, thank you!