Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

This dough is one of the most difficult to work with, with a 90% saturation rate, you end up with a very sticky dough that bakes into a deliciously crusty bottomed focaccia. I like to top it with rosemary and sea salt. For a fun variation, try topping it with tomato sauce and pizza toppings.

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The recipe:
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3 cups flour – bread flour is preferred, but if using all purpose flour, make sure it has at least 4 grams of protein for every 30 grams of flour
1 1/4 teaspoon table salt
2/3 cups American style lager
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Kosher or Sea Salt
6″ long fresh rosemary sprig, washed and diced

1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar, and yeast, in water.

2. Wait 10 minutes until all yeast is dissolved/proofed

3. Add flour, lager and salt

4. Mix on low speed, stopping as necessary to scrape the sides of the bowl until all dry ingredients are incorporated.

5. Mix on high for 6 – 10 minutes, until gloss forms on dough, and dough starts “grabbing” the dough hook.

6. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil into a separate bowl, spread around with a rubber spatula, coating both the bowl and the spatula.

7. Move dough from mixing bowl to oiled bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top of dough.

8. After oiling your hands, gently turn the dough ball over in the oil, making sure all sides of the dough are coated.

9. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm, draft free location for 2-3 hours. (until has grown 2 1/2 times it’s original size).

10. Preheat oven to 450 degrees

11. Cover baking stone with parchment paper

12. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil over parchment paper and spread until paper is covered.

13. Dump dough on to parchment paper, carefully forming the dough into a circle.

14. Let rise for 15-30 minutes

15. Using a fork, poke 30-40 holes in the dough to relieve surface bubbles

16. Sprinkle sea salt over the top of the dough

17. Place in 450 degree oven and set timer for 20 minutes.

18. With 5 minutes left on the timer, sprinkle diced rosemary liberally over the top of the bread.

19. If you’re feeling brave, remove the parchment paper from underneath the bottom of the dough.

20. Bake for at least 5 more minutes, or until top of the dough is golden brown.

Notes:
This dough can also be used as a base for a pizza. Instead of placing on a stone, bake on a greased 10″ X 15″ cookie sheet. After the dough has risen, dump it onto the cookie sheet, and spread the dough with your hands. Add pizza toppings of your choice. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bottom of the dough is dark brown.

If you choose to omit the lager, increase water by 2/3 cups.

1 comment to Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

  • G'pa and G'ma Woody

    You are something else!!! This was REALLY FUN to watch!! You really know your stuff! Have you had any offers from any TV producers? I can see it coming! love, Mom

    ps I WANT MORE BREAD!!!

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