I love simple recipes.
And this one cannot be any simpler.
This is my favorite recipe for homemade foccacia. My parents altered a recipe that they found in an Italian cookbook and it has become a weekly staple in our house. Whether as the side for a bowl of soup, the base for homemade pizza, or as the bread for pressed sandwiches, this foccacia recipe is super versatile.
And you all know how much I love versatility!
This super simple recipe starts with the dry ingredients.
Bread flour (all-purpose flour can work here too!), active dry yeast, salt, and some olive oil. Dump everything into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment. Mix everything together and then slowly add in just enough warm water (between 110-115 degrees) to form a soft, slightly sticky dough. Remove the dough from the bowl, add in some vegetable oil to the bowl, then place the dough ball back into the bowl to coat it in the oil. Cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap and a clean tea towel and set the bowl in a warm place for 2-3 hours.
After 2-3 hours, magic will have happened! The dough will have risen to more than double its size and be light and puffy.
Pour the dough out onto a greased baking sheet. Using your hands, stretch and spread the dough out into an even layer one the baking sheet (you should be able to reach the edges with this much dough!). Cover the dough with a sheet of plastic wrap and a tea towel and allow it to rest when the oven preheats to 450 degrees.
When the oven reaches temperature, it’s time to add some extra flavor to the foccacia!
First drizzle the dough with some olive oil and brush it to spread evenly over the dough.
Then using your *clean* fingers, punch divots into the dough.
Then sprinkle on some kosher salt and some dried oregano.
Pop the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes until the foccacia is golden brown on the bottom.
All that’s left is to slide the foccacia onto a cutting board, cut into pieces, and serve alongside your favorites (like spaghetti and meatballs!).
I hope you enjoy this family favorite and much as we do!
Your simple recipe lovin’ friend,
- 4 cups bread flour - if you don't have bread flour, all-purpose flour works here too!
- 2 packages of active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon good olive oil
- Warm water (between 110-115 degrees)
- Vegetable oil
- 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Combine flour, yeast, salt, and olive oil into the bowl of a stand mixer (or a bowl that your hand mixer can easily move around). Stir for a couple seconds to combine.
- With the mixer on, slowly drizzle in water, stopping after each quarter cup or so. Continue adding water until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms.
- Continue to mix for 5 more minutes.
- Remove dough from work bowl and create a dough ball. Pour a small amount of vegetable oil into the bottom of the bowl, then return the dough ball to the bowl. Toss the dough around in the oil to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a clean tea towel and let rise for about 2-3 hours in a warm place.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out dough on a greased baking sheet and let stand for 15-20 minutes to rest while the oven comes to temperature
- After the dough has rested, press your *clean* fingers tips into the surface to make dimples. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and oregano.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden brown and delicious.