Focaccia Bread

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Can I add herbs and spices to Focaccia dough? Focaccia Bread
10 months ago | gizem

Can I add herbs and spices to Focaccia dough?

Yes, you can absolutely add herbs and spices to Focaccia dough to enhance its flavor. Herbs and spices can bring a delightful and aromatic dimension to your Focaccia. Here's how to do it:

Ingredients for Herb and Spice Focaccia Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (about 110°F or 43°C)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (e.g., rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil)
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried spices (e.g., garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, red pepper flakes) - adjust to taste

Instructions:

  1. Activate the Yeast: In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and dried spices.
  3. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the yeast mixture and olive oil into the dry ingredients. Mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Add Fresh Herbs: Add the chopped fresh herbs to the dough and knead them in. You can also reserve some herbs to sprinkle on top later.
  5. Knead: Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-7 minutes until it's smooth and elastic.
  6. Rest and Rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise for about 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
  7. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and grease a baking pan or baking sheet.
  8. Shape: Punch down the risen dough to deflate it. Transfer it to the greased pan or sheet. Use your fingertips to press and stretch it into the desired shape, typically a rectangle or circle.
  9. Toppings: Press your fingertips into the dough to create dimples. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle any reserved fresh herbs on top.
  10. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the Focaccia is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  11. Cool and Serve: Allow the herb and spice Focaccia to cool slightly before slicing and serving. It's delicious when served warm or at room temperature.