Classic Focaccia is a delicious Italian flat bread that is popular all around the world. It has a crispy crust and a soft, airy crumb that makes it perfect as an appetizer, a snack or as a side dish to any meal. Focaccia is typically flavored with extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, and flaky sea salt for the classic version, but it can also be made with different toppings like cheese, olives, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.
Working with the dough is also a great way to unwind and relax. As you knead and stretch the dough with your palms and fingers, you’ll find yourself entering a state of calm and focus that can be incredibly therapeutic.
To achieve the perfect texture for your focaccia, it’s important to use a strong flour that is rich in gluten. This will give your bread the soft and elastic crumb that is characteristic of a classic focaccia. And don’t forget to use a high-quality first cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil and fresh rosemary to infuse your bread with that unmistakable flavor.
How to make Classic Focaccia
Prepare the dough by combining flour, salt, fresh yeast, sugar, oil, and water. Knead the mixture until it achieves a smooth and elastic consistency. Set the dough aside to rise for an hour until it doubles in size.
After resting, shape the dough into a rectangle and fold it in three. Place it in a greased bowl and let it rest for another 30 minutes. Stretch the dough out to fit a greased baking sheet and let it rest for an additional 30 minutes.
Before baking, Use your fingers to create holes into the dough. Brush the dough with a mixture of oil and water, then sprinkle it with flaky sea salt and fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Bake it in a preheated oven until it turns golden brown.
The dough will form a crispy top and bottom crust with a soft, airy crumb. You can enjoy it on its own or alongside your favorite soup or salad. This irresistible bread is simple to make from scratch and will surely become a staple in your kitchen.
So why not give this classic focaccia recipe a try and experience the joy of baking your own bread from scratch? Make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram if you do. Enjoy!
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