I adore Focaccia bread. The kind with lots of yummy garlic, rosemary and Parmesan cheese. Yum! I make the dough for this bread in my bread machine…really one of the best inventions ever. I love the results without all the work. Are you one of those people that has a bread machine and yet never uses it? In my line of work I happen to see a lot of bread machines collecting dust in kitchens and in thrift stores. Why is that? It’s so easy to use, I promise you won’t even break a sweat. Why not bring those bread machines out of hiding and give this delicious bread a try.
Bread Machine Focaccia Bread
1 1/2 cups water, 8o-90 degrees F (27-32 degrees C)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons of salt
4 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast, active dry, instant or bread machine
Place all ingredients, in the order listed, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle. Place the bread pan in the maker. Select Dough/Pizza Dough setting and dough size (large-2 pounds). Press start to mix, knead and rise. When cycle is completed remove dough from pan, punch to deflate and let rest 10 minutes before continuing.
Brush a pizza pan with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal (cornmeal is optional). After dough has rested, place on pizza pan and spread out with hands to fit pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until about doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (235 degrees C).
Ingredients for topping:
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons garlic salt (depending on taste)
1-2 teaspoons dried rosemary (crushed between fingers)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
With oiled fingertips, press indentations into the dough all over about 1/2 inch deep. Brush dough with olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with remaining ingredients. Place in preheated oven and bake until golden and puffed with a crispy crust, about 10-15 minutes.