September 7, 2009

Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia


It's been made a long time ago. Just the lighting of this picture got me so hesitated to post it. The more photos you take, the more you know how sucky you are at it.

Anyway......

This focaccia is fluffy with a perfect amount of crunch and intense garlic flavour thanks to the home-made garlic oil.

Here's an Italian way to use the leftover of this Italian bread: cut the leftover into cubes to make Panzanella salad. 

(makes one 8"x8" bread)
Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tbsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt  
6 tbsp olive oil 
2 tbsp honey 
1 cup water, lukewarm
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp coarse sea salt
2 string of rosemary, stems removed

Directions:
Mix the flour, yeast and salt in the food processor for a few seconds.

With the machine running, add 3 tbsp oil and honey. Then slowly pour in the water.

The dough will form into a ball. If it's too dry, add water one tablespoon at a time. If it’s too wet, do the same with flour. The dough should be a little sticky.

Transfer the dough onto a floured surface. Start kneading until it's not as sticky. About 5 mins.

Put the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave it for an hour and a half until it doubles in size.

Punch it down to get the air out. Put the cloth back on and leave it for second rise. About 45 mins.

During the second rise, prepare garlic-flavoured oil. Bash rosemary, coarse salt and garlic into a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a bowl, pour in remaining olive oil. Set aside.

Once the dough has risen, slightly flatten it and put it in the greased pan. Push your fingers into it all over to create little holes.

Grab the garlic and herb, and squeeze the oil over the bread. Sprinkle some rosemary on top. Let the dough rest and rise for another 20 mins.

Preheat over to 400F. Bake for 20 mins or until the bread is golden brown.

38 comments:

Paz said...

I've only made focaccia once. I'd love to make it again. Yours looks so appetizing.

Paz

Paz said...

p.s. I like your new look! terrific! classy!

paz

laura laurentiu said...

Mmm! I almost feel the scent! It loos great!

katrina said...

Beautiful! And just when I swore off bread for a while:)
The heck with that - this is too tempting.....

Chow and Chatter said...

oh this looks amazing great job

Karine said...

This focaccia looks delicious! thanks for sharing your recipe!

eeyoreblues27 said...

*gasp* No butter?

Olive said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe, I've been looking for bread recipes that use instant yeast.I will try this for sure :)

lululu said...

Paz - thx for everything! and welcome back!
Laura, Chow and Chatter, Karine - thank you for stopping by!
Katrina - dont ever give up on bread, cos i cant do it for sure.
eeyoreblues27 - haha, maybe not this time!
Olive - glad that u've found something you want, enjoy!

B.B.B. said...

Hello Fanny,

Thx for requesting friendship pn FB. This way I met a wonderful food blogger :)

I viewed all pages of you blog, and all of your entries seems like worth to try.

Thanks for all those share...

Cheers again from Istanbul,
Banu

lululu said...

Hi, BaL, thanks. glad to know a new friend from istanbul!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I have never made focaccia. Looks and sounds delicious. I can just taste the Panzanella salad with the leftovers... :)

Simply Life said...

Yum! This bread looks delicious! I've made it before I always like "braiding" the bread for the presentation but yours looks amazing!

lululu said...

Simply Life - thx for stopping by. good braiding really takes practice. i'm sure u've done a great job!

Reiko said...

Wow, this looks great! I love focaccia, but I've never made one myself. I should try sometime.

Heavenly Housewife said...

I think this looks great, I'm going to book mark it. I hate taking pics of my food too, you are not alo ne in that!

Opus #6 said...

Thank you for the follow. I am now following your lovely blog.

janet said...

Your focaccia looks wonderful, I adore garlic!

southern Grace Gourmet said...

Looks amazing, I would love to try this.

Courtney said...

This looks fantastic! Thanks for the follow from Mom Bloggers Club :) I can't wait to read more!

Courtney
http://www.theartofbeingmom.com

Anncoo said...

Hi,
Love your blog. The garlic focaccia looks good :)

parentingBYdummies said...

Man, that looks so good right now. I swear I could actually smell the garlic when I clicked on your page. Oh, uh, that's my breath, ewww! No more garlic herb crackers for me. Blech! Thanks for visiting PBD today, come back soon:)!

Opus #6 said...

Lulu, thanks for the follow. I'm now following your lovely blog as well. That focaccia looks delicious.

Just a conservative girl said...

wow, that looks good. I don't usually do a great job with bread, but I think that I may try this. Yummy.

Angie's Recipes said...

I like Italian bread, and the picture looks very good to me.

lulu, thanks for stopping by my blog and the comment. :-)

Angie's Recipes

Lyndsey said...

mmmm...that sounds delicious!

ahappyhippy mom said...

Yummy! I have never made focaccia, but I might try your recipe!

I subscribed to your email updates and following you from MBC.

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EcoMeg said...

That looks delicious (and I know how tough the photography element is)! Following you now, from MBC
http://www.ecomeg.com

biz319 said...

I made focaccia once, and only once because it came out awful, and I can bake bread!

I am putting your recipe on my long list of recipes to make! :D

Mama Mel said...

Mmmm... two of my favorite words... rosemary and garlic. And I LOVE bread! If there was a bread diet, I would totally be on it! This looks delicious! I'll have to try it sometime. :)

JaelCustomDesigns said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Returning the love! Now following your blog. :-)

I'm going to have to try this recipe, it looks delicious!

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Helene said...

That Focaccia looks really good.

Melodie said...

I have never made focaccia but now I think I will give it a go! Yummy!

MaRyA said...

wow! i love these! i have lots of rosemary now and i dunno what to do with them except when use them in grilling. thanks!

Sarah said...

Who cares about the lighting, it looks delcious!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm enjoying checking out all your great recipes. I just subscribed to your feed so that I don't miss the new ones.

Have a great week!

Belinda @Zomppa said...

How did you get it so fluffy? What kind of a pan did you use - it's awesome.

The Duo Dishes said...

All things bread...totally love them. Yum to this one.