Thursday, November 14, 2013

Olive oil focaccia

The last month i have been on a baking rage!! Being a full time engineering student means putting in alot of time for studying for calculus and physics. So, in order to keep me sane, i cook and bake.. and watch netflix! haha! One of the beauties of this bread, it makes a killer base for a salad and PIZZA! Shape it, bake it, decorate it, and then eat it!Thats how its done!

This bread is actually pretty easy to make. It really show cases the versatility of the basic boule!
Though olive oil dough or any other no knead dough can be used to make this, i prefer the original recipe from the basic boule since it is very simple and a old old old old traditional recipe from who knows when!

Follow the steps below and you will be smitten for a great dinner. This will impress yourself and however else you want to impress. haha.

Start by preheating the oven to 450 with a bread stone in it. No need to use steam. Take out a handful of dough, maybe a grapefruit sized piece. Make sure the dough is room temp if it has been refrigerated. Through the dough into a bucket of flour and cover it up! Take the dough and place it on a pizza peel that has been covered with cornmeal or flour. Stretch the dough thin and poke a ton of holes in it. This is important to do. It allows the dough NOT to rise. Thats right, we dont want it to rise. haha

Now, the next most important part is to bring out your case of olive oil cuz your gonna need it! Spread a LIBERAL amount of olive oil all over the top of the dough. Make sure to get it into every little hole and the sides. Season with fresh ground black pepper and kosher or sea salt. Be careful of the seasonings. Rosemary is good but it can over power the delicate taste of the bread and olive oil

Now the easy part. Slide the bread onto the hot stone an bake till golden brown on top. It will look and smell amazing so be prepared.

Once baked, top with more oil and allow to cool for a few minutes. Once cool, top with homemade Fromage Blanc, lettuce, olives, and whatever else you desire.


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