This classic Italian bread has a soft fluffy interior and a crispy exterior. It can have a variety of toppings.
Italian Foccacia Bread Topping Ideas
Although Foccacia is delicious on its own, there are many way to dress it up. You can bake it with fresh herbs, chopped garlic, sliced tomatoes, or olives. You are really only limited by your imagination! Foccacia is like a fluffy pizza, so anything that goes on pizza will probably be good on Foccacia.
To incorporate dry herbs, its best to add them with the flour during mixing. Dry herbs would likely be scorched in the heat of the oven if placed on top.
A Bit About Yeast
Yeast by definition are single cell microorganisms that eat sugar and produce a gas which we can use to make our dough rise. Yeast are sensitive little creatures and you need to treat them right if you want them to produce gas for you. Moisture, temperature, sugar, and salt amounts all affect yeast performance.
Active dry yeast is the most common yeast product you can find. It is dehydrated. To “wake up” the yeast you need to combine it with warm, around 43°C (110°F) water and some sugar. Hot water above 60°C (140°F) will kill the yeast. Cold water can also damage the yeast, the temperature has to be just right!
Baking is a science and in science it is important to be accurate to get consistent results. To help you with this I have provided the ingredient amounts by weight in grams or in teaspoons for small amounts. All you need to measure ingredients is a kitchen scale and some measuring spoons. This is the fastest and easiest way to measure ingredients.
Converting recipes to larger or smaller amounts, according to your needs is simpler to calculate. Shopping for ingredients is much easier as well. Its hard to know how many cups there are in a bag of flour, but its very simple to see how many grams there are right on the package.
Mise en place!
Mise en place is French for, ‘everything in its place.’ This means having every ingredient measured and ready to go before even turning on the heat. Read through the recipe to see what ingredients can go into the same bowl to save on dishes. Except for eggs, raw eggs get goopy and stiff when allowed to sit with sugar.
You will need to have the baking ready to go. Its also a good idea to have all cooking utensils out and within reach. Always check the tools and equipment list above the recipe so you know what you’ll need ahead of time.
- Kitchen Scale
- Measuring Spoons
- Small and Large Mixing Bowls
- Large baking pan
- Cooling rack
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300 g Water, lukewarm 1 tsp Active Dry Yeast 10 g Honey 30 g Olive Oil 250 g All Purpose Flour 200g Bread Flour 1 1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt Additional Olive Oil for drizzling in the pan and coating the dough. Try to use the best quality Olive Oil you can find, it will make a huge difference in the final product. Toppings for the Foccacia: Fresh Herbs, Sliced Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Garlic, or Parmesan Cheese. Be creative and do what ever you like!
300 g Water, lukewarm
1 tsp Active Dry Yeast
10 g Honey
30 g Olive Oil
250 g All Purpose Flour
200g Bread Flour
1 1/2 tsp Fine Sea Salt
Additional Olive Oil for drizzling in the pan and coating the dough. Try to use the best quality Olive Oil you can find, it will make a huge difference in the final product.
Toppings for the Foccacia: Fresh Herbs, Sliced Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Garlic, or Parmesan Cheese. Be creative and do what ever you like!
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