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Golden Focaccia

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

Golden Focaccia Recipe Golden Focaccia Recipe

Welcome to our August Bakealong challenge! With its roughly dimpled surface and craggy interior, focaccia has become mainstream American, even appearing in some fast-food restaurants. While Americans may be used to soft, thick focaccia, this version is closer to the classic Italian bread: a rustic, everyday loaf that's usually a bit thinner than American-style. It can be crusty and chewy, thin and crisp, or whatever style the family prefers.

Baking gluten-free? Try our Gluten-Free Focaccia recipe.

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one large focaccia
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Starter*

Dough

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • fresh or dried rosemary
  • coarsely ground black pepper
  • coarse sea salt or kosher salt

Instructions

  1. To make the starter: Mix the water and 1/16 teaspoon yeast, then add the flour, stirring until the flour is incorporated. The starter will be paste-like; it won't form a ball.
  2. Cover and let rest at room temperature for about 14 hours; the starter will be bubbly. If you make this in the late afternoon, it'll be ready to go by the next morning.
  3. To make the dough: Combine the overnight starter with the remaining dough ingredients, and mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine set on the dough cycle — to make a soft, smooth, elastic dough. If you're kneading in a stand mixer, it should take about 5 minutes at second speed.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it's noticeably puffy.
  5. Use non-stick vegetable oil spray to lightly grease a large baking sheet (e.g., an 18" x 13" half-sheet pan). Drizzle about 2 tablespoons olive oil atop the spray; the spray keeps the bread from sticking, while the olive oil gives the bottom crust great crunch and flavor.
  6. Gently pull and shape the dough into a rough rectangle, and pat it into the pan. For thinner focaccia (1/2" to 3/4" thick), pat it all the way to the edges of the pan. For thicker focaccia (3/4" to 1" thick), don't pat all the way to the edges of the pan; leave an inch or so free around the perimeter.
  7. Cover the pan, and allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes. Use your fingers to make irregularly spaced dimples, pressing down firmly; your fingers should reach the bottom of the pan without actually breaking through the dough.
  8. Re-cover the dough, and let it rise until it's noticeably puffy, about 1 hour. The dough should have expanded, but shouldn't seem fragile, or look like it might collapse. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F. If you have a pizza stone or baking stone, set it on a middle or lower-middle rack.
  9. Spritz the focaccia heavily with warm water, and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil (or enough to collect a bit in the dimples). Sprinkle with rosemary (or the herb of your choice), black pepper, and coarse salt, to taste.
  10. Place the pan of focaccia onto the baking stone, or onto a middle oven rack. Bake the focaccia until it's light golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. (If you've made small rounds, bake for 15 to 18 minutes.) Remove the focaccia from the oven, and immediately turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
  11. Enjoy focaccia hot from the oven, or warm; focaccia is best the same day it's made. But leftovers can be successfully reheated, either as slices in the toaster or in a 350°F oven, just until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 piece
  • Servings Per Batch 12
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 150
  • Calories from Fat 45
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 270mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.