Olive Focaccia

A simple homemade bread is such a joy that I will be proud of. I had my eye on olive focaccia for long time. I would say for my first bread, the result was great. The fresh smell of bread filled my home, I couldn’t wait to taste it. It was light and delicious. It had many air pockets, which made the bread really light.

In making this recipe, I have acquired the basic knowledge of working with yeast and kneading the bread dough. It was not a daunting task as I had thought, if you get the basics right.

My variation of this recipe using olives.

Ingredients

  • 500g white bread flour
  • 5g yeast
  • 5g salt
  • 300ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil & extra for greasing and drizzling on top of the bread
  • one handful of olives, chopped
  • optional 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

Mix the flour, yeast, salt with water to form a rough dough. Add 1 tbsp oil and mix it in. Turn the dough out to clean surface, start kneading by hand for 10 to 15 mins until the dough look smooth. Shape it into a round shape, coat with little oil.

In a clean bowl spread some oil around. Place the dough into the bowl, cover with warm tea towel. Leave the bowl in a warm place and let proof for about 90 mins or doubled in size.

Grease the brownie/shallow baking tin. Place the dough in the tin. Spread the dough around the corners using your finger tips. Cover with tea towel and leave to rise for about 30 mins.

Make deep holes in the dough, using your finger tips. Fill the holes with olive oil.
Spread the olives on the dough. If using rosemary sprinkle it on top.

Baked at 220C fan for 10 mins and 200C for further 8 to 10 mins. When the bread looks golden brown, its done.

Simple fresh homemade focaccia. Enjoy it as such or dip it in olive oil.

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