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Flat Italian bread

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough. Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals or as sandwich bread. They may be topped with rosemary, herbs, olives, peppers or simple salt.


  • 1 tsp dry active yeast
  • 0.5 tsp. sugar
  • 1 ½ cup of warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Mixed herbs to sprinkle
  • Sliced bell pepper to top
  • Sliced olives to top


  1. Mix yeast and sugar to ½ cup of warm water, stir well, and set aside for 10 minutes till the mixture foams up.
  2. In a large bowl combine the remaining water, salt, flour and the yeast mixture.
  3. Mix everything well and knead it into nice soft & springy dough. Add flour or water as needed.
  4. Add 2tbsp olive oil and mix till all the oil is incorporated.
  5. 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.
  6. Punch the dough down; knead again for 3-4 minutes with light hands. Divide the dough inot two equal balls.
  7. Roll the dough into two round loafs and use your finger to press it into an even layer 2 cm in thick.
  8. Cover the dough with a cloth, and leave to rise in warm place for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade.
  10. Just before baking use your finger to press rows of light indentations into the surface of the focaccia dough.
  11. Brush with the remaining oil, and sprinkle lightly the mixed herbs and coarse salt.
  12. Dot with olives and sliced capsicum.
  13. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until just golden brown.
  14. Cut into squares or wedges and serve as an accompaniment to a meal, or alone, warm or at room temperature.
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