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Easy and Delicious Focaccia

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I’ve tried dozens of focaccia recipes, but I had a heck of a time finding one that was just what I was looking for. It was either too sweet, or it didn’t get crunchy enough on the outside, or it was too dense, and so on. My golden standard was the delicious focaccia served at Macaroni Grill, and after much tweaking, I finally came up with a recipe that rivals their offering.

And the best part—you can just toss all the ingredients in your breadmaker!

Easy and Delicious Foccacia

2 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup and 2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Cracked black pepper
Kosher salt

1. Pour water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil into bread maker pan. Add flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and a pinch of black pepper. Make a well in the center and pour 1 tablespoon active dry yeast or bread maker yeast into it.

2. Turn on the dough only cycle on your bread maker. Check the dough on the first kneading cycle to see if you need to add more water because it’s too dry or add more flour because it’s too sticky. Add sparingly until the dough is the right consistency.

3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Make dimples on the top by pushing your fingers down into the dough. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, cracked black pepper, and a good pinch of Kosher salt.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden.

Don’t despair if you don’t have a breadmaker—you can still make this recipe by hand!

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and a pinch of black pepper. Mix in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and water. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Then just follow steps 3 and 4 above to complete the recipe.



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