This is a nice and easy focaccia bread that takes minimal effort from you, the bread does the rest of the work!
The recipe below is for a plain focaccia bread, feel free to tart it up with whatever takes your fancy.
You could use favoured olive oil to add a different taste, or sprinkle over some rosemary before cooking. Alternatively you could add ingredients to your dough before kneading, such as chopped olives, chopped sundried tomato, chilli flakes or any combination of the above.
Plain Focaccia bread (Hairy Bikers)
makes 1 loaf
500g strong white flour
7g sachet of fast action fried yeast
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp fine sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil + extra for greasing
300ml warm water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp ground black pepper
Put the flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a bowl. Mix the olive oil and water and add to the dry ingredients.
Stir with a wooden spoon, then bring the dough together with your hands.
Knead the dough, on a lightly floured surface, for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic and then place into a lightly oiled bowl.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm, leave in a warm place and allow the dough to rise and double in size for about an hour.
Lightly oil a large baking tray (I used my brownie tin as my baking sheet does not have suitable sides). Tun the dough onto a floured surface and knock it back. Press the dough into a rectangle roughly the size of your baking tray. Carefully place the dough o the baking tray and ease it out to meet the sides.
Preheat the oven to 220/200 fan. After 30 minutes your dough should look light and spongy. Remove the clingfilm and use your finger to push dimples in the dough, right through to the bottom of the tray.
We filled it with left over chicken, mozzarella, fesh basil and pesto and put it in a sandwich press to make a divine evening meal.