The best focaccia by far is found in Mediterranean countries. It's hard to believe that you can make this delicious bread yourself at home with the right ingredients and a little elbow grease, but this recipe enables you to do just that! Delicious essential oils from the rosemary give the focaccia its wonderful Mediterranean flavor.
Ingredients 4 Portions
Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the yeast, salt and sugar.
Add the water and the olive oil and knead into a smooth dough.
Pit the olives, roughly chop them and then add them to the dough and quickly knead through.
Sprinkle the ball of dough with flour, cover with a dish towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Place the dough onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and shape into a 2 cm-thick rectangle.
Use your fingers to make some holes in the dough, cover and allow to prove for a further 30–40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F) and bake the focaccia for 15 minutes using the convection oven setting until golden brown. Place a glass of water in the bottom of the oven to help get a good rise.
Meanwhile, mix the olive oil with roughly chopped rosemary, salt and extra-strong garlic.
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