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Rosemary And Sea Salt Focaccia

Focaccia is a divine oven-baked Italian flatbread made with olive oil, quite similar in style to pizza dough. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, focaccia is a popular appetiser because it’s light, easily shareable and a great starter on its own or dipped in olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. Rosemary focaccia is a simple and delicious classic that you can dress up or down every time you make it. Try adding roasted garlic, chopped chilli, cherry tomatoes, feta and olives. Or make two different variations for the table and you might end up not needing a main!

Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia


Servings: 2 medium breads   Time: 25 mins + proving   Difficulty: Easy 

Ingredients

  • 400g flour
  • 7.5g salt
  • 7g yeast
  • 275ml warm water
  • 75ml olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked
  • 15ml coarse sea salt

Method

  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt together
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast
  3. Mix together the warm water and olive oil and add to the well
  4. Mix to form a soft dough
  5. Knead dough on a clean, lightly floured surface for 5 minutes
  6. Leave to rise in a dark space until the dough has proved (doubled in size)
  7. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
  8. Grease 2 medium-sized baking sheets
  9. Once the dough has proved, knock the dough down by kneading it a couple of times
  10. Divide the dough in half and shape into rounds
  11. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary leaves and sea salt
  12. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped underneath

Focaccia is best served warm but can easily be reheated for a few minutes in a medium oven.

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