You know what the worst part of being quarantined for me is? Not being able to bake for all my friends who are also in quarantine. Seriously.
My daughter bought a new cast iron skillet so I had to try it out and this focaccia was just the ticket. It turned out delicious.
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry instant yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water
3 tablespoons plus 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
toppings as desired – 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves or thyme or oregano, thinly sliced lemons, pitted chopped olives, thick slices of fresh garlic or shallots, sprinkle of Parmesan, or Everything Bagel seasoning
1 Place flour, salt and yeast in food processor fitted with blade attachment and pulse to combine. Add water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until rough ball of dough forms, about 15 (2 second) pulses.
2 Drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large bowl. Flour hands, take dough out of food processor, and form into a smooth ball. Place ball of dough in oiled bowl and turn so it’s coated on all sides with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let sit until doubled in size, 2 – 3 hours.
3 Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil in 10″ cast iron skillet or other ovenproof skillet and rub it all over bottom and sides. Punch dough down and place in skillet. Coax and stretch dough to cover bottom of skillet and reach all the way to the edges. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let rest until puffed and slightly risen, 30 – 40 minutes. Place oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 450.
4 Use fingertips to gently dimple surface of dough. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over dough so it pools in indentations. Sprinkle with desired toppings. (I just did sea salt for this first time.)
5 Place in oven and turn temperature down to 400. Bake until lightly golden brown, 20 – 25 minutes.
6 Remove from oven and let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.
10 slices = about 100 calories each
recipe from The Kitchn
I’ve made it twice more since the original above – once with Parmesan which was delicious and then once with the Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (pictured above) which has been the for sure favorite so far.
Follow instructions above and just sprinkle with the Everything but the Bagel seasoning after drizzling with olive oil before putting it in the oven.
Sounds delicious !