Homemade Rosemary Focaccia Bread
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Recipe Type: Baking
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: makes a 9 x 12 in focaccia bread
 
This traditional rosemary focaccia bread is at least as soft as it looks and for sure as delicious as one that you'd find in a bakery in Italy.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium russet potato (mine was 6.5 oz, 185 gr)
  • 2.5 cups (400 gr) of bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons (7 gr) of active dry yeast
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons (12 gr) of salt
  • 10 fl oz (300 ml) of water
  • coarse sea salt (I used lava black sea salt) to sprinkle on top
Instructions
  1. Cook the potato (peeled) in slightly salted water. It should take about 20 minutes. Test with a fork for readiness.
  2. In a large bowl add the flour, yeast, sugar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and most of the rosemary leaves chopped in small pieces. Save one rosemary sprig for the end. Pass the potato (when still hot) through a ricer into the bowl.
  3. Dissolve the salt in 10 fl oz of warm water. Add to the bowl. Mix with a spoon first, until most of the flour is absorbed. Once the dough come together, move it to a clean, lightly floured counter and knead for a few minutes, pushing with your palm down and forward. The dough should be sightly sticking to your hand. Add some flour if too sticky, or add a tiny bit of water if too hard to work.
  4. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Keep it in a warm place. As I do for my pizza dough, I place it in the oven (turned off obviously!). Let the dough rise for about an hour and a half.
  5. Line a 9 x 12 in baking pan with parchment paper. Place the dough on the paper, and flatten it down with your fingers. Sprinkle with sea salt and the remaining rosemary. Drizzle with olive oil. With your finger, punch some holes around the dough, just like in the picture.
  6. Put the pan back in the off-oven, and let the dough rise for another hour and a half, or so.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven, and preheat to 400 degrees. Bake the focaccia bread for about 25 minutes, until slightly golden on top
  8. Cut in squares and serve warm or at room temperature ... always delicious! Enjoy!
Recipe by Honest Cooking at http://honestcooking.com/homemade-rosemary-focaccia-bread/