Friday night dinner bread...

Based on this photo from Friday night dinner...

...I would be doing a disservice to you all by keeping the recipe to myself and not sharing the goodness of this focaccia. You can thank me later with a mouthful of bread.
This is a super easy recipe that results in lots of flavor that you can either dip in a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar or just eat the focaccia plain. Either way, you will make this bread more than once, I guarantee it. Plus for you pregnant ladies in the first trimester, carbs help to soak up that acid and improve the nausea feeling. 
To make this focaccia, first gather together your ingredients. 2 cups warm water (105F to 115F), 2 teaspoons dry yeast, 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons olive oil, about 24 olives, brined cured either green or Kalamata, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried.

Place the 2 cups of warm water in a large bowl and sprinkle the 2 teaspoons dry yeast over and stir with a fork. Let the yeast stand for about 10 minutes. 



After 10 minutes, add 4 1/4 cup flour and salt to the water and yeast mixture. 


Mix the ingredients together, the dough will be sticky. Knead the dough on the container or in your stand mixer for 10 minutes. Add more flour if necessary. Form the dough into a ball. In another bowl, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and add the dough ball. Turn the dough ball over once to coat. 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and let the dough rise until doubled about 1 1/2 hour. After the dough has doubled, punch the dough down and let it rise for another 45 minutes. Keep the bowl covered whenever it is rising. On a large baking sheet, sprinkle 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and press the dough out but not as large as your baking sheet. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top of the dough, then sprinkle the chopped rosemary and olives. The olives should be pitted and sliced in half. Press the olives into the dough if you would like. 

Let the dough rise for another 45 minutes until you bake. When you are ready to bake your focaccia, preheat your oven toe 475 degrees F. Bake the bread until brown and crusty, about 20 minutes. Serve the bread either warm or room temperature and enjoy!


20 comments:

Becky K said...

OMG YES!!! I have been hoping for this since i saw your picture on instagram. Kalamatas and carbs = automatically interested. YUM YUM!

<3becky
www.loosefromthezoo.com

whit | Black Little Button blog said...

Okay, one of these days I'm just going to show up at your doorstep. You have been forewarned ;) You post some delicious recipes dear
-wHiT

Carly said...

OH man this looks GOOD!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Heather said...

Yum! This looks so delicious! I love Kalamata olives.

Jane said...

this looks good. would love to dip em in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. yum!

Betty said...

Yum! I love a good bread recipe. Thanks for sharing!

TheTinyHeart said...

Mmm I looove focaccia!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

That looks straight out of a restaurant! Yumm!

brooke lyn said...

i want to love this, but am not an olives fan, although i bet i could just leave them out...besides the carbs are the best part ;)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Looks amazing!

Laura {happily ever} Parker said...

This looks so good! I am a big fan of olives - I will be making this for my next book club!

Discovery Street said...

oh man...I want that RIGHT NOW!!!!

Simply LKJ said...

Yum! Huge olive fan.

Rachel said...

I've never attempted making bread before but seriously, this looks delicious. Hopefully it's not too hard. :)

Natalie Hinkley said...

This looks awesome!

apartment-wife.com said...

love you that you added rosemary - sounds delicious. i might have to feature this on my blog at the next dinner party :)

Allison said...

YUM!!! I have a Rosemary bush and I've been dying for a good bread recipe to come along so I can actually use it. Winner right here! :)

Leslie said...

Mmmm! This looks so good. I always worry whenever yeast is involved.. but I'm tempted to try this anyway. This bread is one of my favorites and is so good hot out of the oven or grilled. Love the Rosemary on top! First time here and looking forward to following:)

awhite said...

Yum, yum, yum! Look at you go! :)

-Ashley
http://lestylorouge.com

Rowdy Fairy said...

Nice!

Rowdy Fairy