Focaccia

Italian bread with toppings.

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tsp dry active yeast
1 tsp sugar
1+1/2 cup of warm water
4 cups of refined flour
Little oil to brush the dough
Mixed Herbs to sprinkle
Black olives to garnish
1 tsp Salt

Recipe Method:
In a small bowl mix yeast and the sugar. Add 1/2 cup of warm water and stir well.  Set aside undisturbed for 10-12 minutes till foamy.
Mix the flour and the yeast mixture, salt and water as required knead it into nice soft & springy dough. Add flour or water as needed. (Well-kneaded dough will be much easier to work with later).
Coat the dough with just a little bit of oil, cover with damp cloth and leave it to rise in a warm place for around 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
Punch the dough down; knead it again for 3-4 minutes with light hands.
Place the dough in the pan, and use your finger to press it into an even layer 2 cm in thick. Cover the dough with a cloth, and leave to rise in warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade. Just before baking use your finger to press rows of light indentations into the surface of the focaccia dough.
Brush with the remaining oil, and sprinkle lightly with mixed herbs and olives.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or until just golden brown.
Cut into squares or wedges and serve as an accompaniment to a meal, or alone, warm or at room temperature.

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