Focaccia Bread

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Focaccia Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
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This colorful, aromatic bread is simple to make. Please view the video to see the kneading process.
Ingredients
For the Dough
  • 475g Bread flour
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1½ Tsp Dry yeast
  • 3 Tbs Olive oil
  • 275ml Warm water
For the Topping
  • 4 Cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ Green pepper, cut into 15mm squares
  • ¼ Red pepper, cut into 15mm squares
  • 12 Calamata olives
  • 1 Round of quality feta cheese
  • 80g (scant 3oz) Mixed cheddar and mozzarella grated
  • 3 Tbs Olive oil for brushing and drizzling
  • Dry Italian herb mix to taste
  • Coarse / flaked salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all of the dry dough ingredients to your mixing bowl
  2. Mix these thoroughly, make a well in the center, and add the warm water and oil
  3. Using a wooden paddle, mix the ingredients until the dough comes together and comes away from the sides of the bowl
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead the dough. Knead the dough lightly, but firmly. Rough handling of the dough will result in tough bread
  5. After 5 minutes, the dough will be smooth and elastic. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a damp towel, and allow to rise for 60 minutes
  6. Punch the dough down and turn it out onto your work surface
  7. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet
  8. Press the pieces into oval disks just a bit bigger than an adult hand
  9. Brush the bread liberally with olive oil and then scatter the garlic evenly over the surface
  10. Press the peppers and olives into the suface of the bread
  11. Scatter half of the cheese mix over each of the focaccia
  12. Crumble the feta over the loaves, and scatter with Italian herb mix
To Bake the Focaccia
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c / 400f / Gas Mark 6
  2. Bake the loaves for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned
  3. Remove the loaves from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack
  4. Drizzle the loaves with the remaining olive oil, scatter with the flaked salt, an allow to cool for 15 minutes before slicing and serving

 

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