Thursday, April 30, 2009

This One's For Sandy...

This is a go to dinner for us. Carol will bake up the focaccia and then usually cook a pork loin to slice up and make yummy sandwiches.  We had it last night and I thought I'd share. I especially know that my sister will make it for her catering and it will be a hit!
Carol's Yummy Focaccia Bread

1 t. white sugar
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/3 C. warm water (110 degrees)
2 C. all-purpose flour
2 T. olive oil
1/2 t. salt

In a small bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 min.
In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with flour & stir well to combine. Stir in additional water one tablespoon at a time until all the flour is absorbed. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly for about 1 min.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume (about 30 min.).
Preheat over to 475 degrees.
Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly, pat or roll the dough into a sheet and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush the dough with oil and sprinkle with salt. 
Bake focaccia in preheated oven for 10-20 minutes, depending on desired crispness. 

**Carol adds yummy cheese crumbles & seasonings to the dough before she bakes it. Then sprinkle the top with some powdered ranch dressing (or other flavor) - delicious!

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