Friday, March 27, 2009

Again Italian Bread - Focaccia


I was away from my blog for almost two weeks. Bad weather, bad days and all in one when there is nothing to say... Nevertheless... I was cooking, not much, but still... My imagination and inspirations were gone too...

So here's what I made someday last week. Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread, which may be topped with herbs or other ingredients.

Focaccia is related to pizza as the dough is the same, though it's not considered to be the same. Focaccia is quite popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with olive oil and sometimes herbs, and may be topped with onion, cheese and meat, or flavored with a number of vegetables. However, by far the most typical focaccia is simply baked dough topped with olive oil and a simple herb like rosemary or sage, and salted with salt. It is very popular as a snack in Italy and school children will often purchase a slice from a baker on the way to school, to eat at break time.

What we need:

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tbsp active dry yeast

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

some black pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

1 glass ( 220ml) water

1 tbsp of yoghurt

2 glasses of flour

one tomato, some olives for topping

What we have to do:

1. Mix yeast, salt and sugar and 1 glass od warm water and leave for 15 min or until the yeast activates.

2. Pour flour into a bowl. Make a hole in the middle, add yoghurt, 2 tbsp of olive oil, dried oregano, thyme and basil, and yeast. Knead the dough for 10 min. Then cover and leave for 40 min to rest.

3. When the dough doubles in size, flaten it with your hands. Make a round shape. Brush with olive oil, top with tomatoes and olives. Again sprinkle some herbs on the top. Leave for 15 min again and then bake in the oven for 20 min or until it is light brown. 

Instead of tomatoes and olives I sometimes like just rosemary leaves... But it's up to you...

3 comments:

  1. Jeeeee, Koruklu vel pradejo gamint!!! Laukiau...

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  2. Gaminau, bet neturejau noro rasyt! Oras blogas... :P

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  3. I have just been in Italy and eat lots of such things :)
    Italians are making really tasty things with flour!

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