Friday, June 21 2024

Focaccia is a beloved staple of Italian cuisine, a flatbread that has won hearts around the world with its simplicity and versatility.

Born from the hearths of ancient Rome, this focaccia has evolved into countless regional variations, each with its own unique appeal.


Today we will discover the recipe for authentic Italian Focaccia, a delicious mix of crispy crust and soft, airy interior, seasoned with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary.

This recipe serves 8 people and is perfect for family meals or gatherings with friends.

 

 

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 packet (0.25 oz) of active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into the flour mixture. Stir until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.
  5. Preheat your oven to 425°F. Punch down the dough and transfer it to a greased baking sheet. Using your fingers, make dimples in the dough.
  6. Drizzle the dough with more olive oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and scatter over the rosemary leaves.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the focaccia is golden brown. Let it cool slightly before cutting into slices and serving. Enjoy your authentic Italian Focaccia!
Remember, the beauty of focaccia lies in its simplicity. However, feel free to experiment with other toppings like caramelized onions, olives, or sun-dried tomatoes to make it your own. Buon appetito!
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