Fabulous Focaccia Bread

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How is it going, friends? How are you doing staying home? Are you baking as much as I am? I am having so much fun trying new recipes and being introduced to brand new foods! If I’m staying home, I want it to be worthwhile!

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret of mine. Until adulthood, I had only had bagged bread from the grocery store. Once I became an adult I didn’t go far off of my comfort zone where bread is concerned. Why mess with something I liked?

Until one day...One day I ordered a breakfast sandwich from a local deli and they happened to be out of all bread except focaccia bread and let me tell you, I was a changed person. That may sound dramatic, but I’m not kidding. That focaccia bread was a delicious addition to my otherwise typical breakfast sandwich and my love for it has only grown since then.

Now I find myself asking if there is anything I can’t eat focaccia bread with? I really don’t think so. It is absolutely my favorite bread of all time! Fluffy and crispy all at once, delicious and full of flavor!

Is there anything more delicious or addicting than warm, freshly baked focaccia? If you answered no, you came to the right place, because we are the same! I love it!

Fabulous Focaccia Bread

How to Make Bread From Scratch

Before we talk specifics about focaccia bread, let’s take a step back. Have you ever made bread from scratch? Learning how to make bread from scratch may seem daunting, but it’s not so bad. Don’t get so focused on your expectations of the process that you become too nervous to begin.

Learn How to Make Focaccia Bread

If you're new to making dough from scratch, focaccia is a great place to start. The first thing to do is to bloom the yeast. Next, dissolve a bit of sugar into some lukewarm water, and stir in your yeast. Wait 15 minutes until the dry granules are foamy and bubbly. Mis the remainder of the ingredients together and add to the yeast mix. Once a dough is formed, knead it for about 5 minutes until it is smooth.

Here is a couple of awesome things about focaccia bread that you won’t find with most other homemade breads:

  • No need to add flour as you go
  • Requires only one rise

A couple of other things before you get started on making a delicious focaccia bread.

Use the right tools

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Break Out the Olive Oil

Olive oil and focaccia go hand in hand. Here are all of the ways you will be using olive oil in your focaccia bread baking process:

  • Coat the dough with olive oil
  • Use olive oil to grease the pan
  • Drizzle your finished focaccia bread with olive oil before eating

Time to Stretch It

Another unique thing about focaccia bread is the stretching method that is used. You stretch the dough out to the edges of the pan, and poke dimples throughout the dough to help it stretch. These dimples will eventually create the awesome texture that focaccia is famous for.

How to Top Focaccia Bread

There are so many delicious ways to top focaccia bread! Of course, you can eat it plain or with olive oil like we mentioned before. Or, you can add seeds, olives, dried vegetables, spices, cheese and so much more! Really, you can use any toppings you want, but it is suggested that you use pre-cooked vegetables so that you don’t have too much moisture added.

In addition to topping focaccia, it also makes delicious hot sandwiches and a mean stuffing!

Other Bread Recipes Similar to Focaccia

Focaccia bread is amazing, but don’t forget to check out these delicious breads that are similar too! You are going to love it!

Sicilian Bread

Olive Rosemary Bread

See, staying home isn’t so bad, is it? Look at how much delicious food we are making!