Dr Sai SatishMBBS, MD (General Medicine), D.M (Cardiology)
3 min read
Warm water: 2 cups
Honey: 1 tbsp
Active dry yeast: 1 tbsp
Extra-virgin olive oil: 4 tbsp
Diced onion caramelised: 1/2 cup
All-purpose flour, or as needed: 5 cups and 2 tbsp
Fresh chopped rosemary: 2 tbsp
Sliced mushrooms: ½
Salt as per taste
Step 1 :
Dissolve the honey in the warm water in a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over the top. Let it stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to foam. Then add one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon olive oil, the diced and caramelised onions, rosemary and 5 cups of flour to a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
Step 2 :
Add the bloomed yeast liquid and mix until it’s smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes) or (Alternative you can knead it the old fashioned way for about 5 – 10 mins until it’s nice and elastic). Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn it to coat with olive oil. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume, about 20 minutes.
Step 3 :
Preheat the oven to 410 degrees F. Place the dough onto an oiled baking dish or tray, and flatten out the dough to cover the tray or dish evenly. (You can also line the dish with a baking sheet if you want, don’t forget to oil it as well.) Use the tips of your fingers to make indentations all over the dough spaced about 1 inch apart.
Drizzle the focaccia with three tablespoons of olive oil, and the remaining one tablespoon of kosher salt (or 1/2 if you want it less salty) over the top. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in the pan for 15 minutes. Add your desired garnish on top of the focaccia bread. Bake in a preheated oven 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Note: You can use these optional garnishes too; cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, dill, parsley, chives, mushrooms, radish, edible flowers etc.
Did you know that the term focaccia is derived from the Latin word hearth or focus originated from how this bread was originally baked on hearthstones? Bakers till today bake Focaccia bread on wood-fired hearthstones.
Unlike other breakfast options, it does not contain sucrose and saturated fats (butter, lard, palm oil, etc.) Focaccia has higher satiety (helps keep UR tummy full). Focaccia provides simple carbohydrates vitamins, minerals and fibre too.
Focaccia bread has a high proportion of selenium and Vitamin B1, B2 and B3, which are a boon for good health. Using fresh rosemary can reduce inflammation, improves UR memory and acts as an antioxidant too.
Gluten intolerant option/substitute
If UR gluten intolerant or looking for ingredient substitutes then, a mix of white rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato starch and some skimmed milk powder.
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