Here is a very easy, one hour or less focaccia bread recipe I found on pinterest. I imagine this would be so easy to experiment with – adding all kinds of flavor combinations on top. I threw some fresh herbs and salt on top of mine. This didn’t last very long in our house!
3/4 c warm water
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp olive or canola oil
2 c all-purpose flour ( divided )
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp earth balance, melted
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (or herbs of your choice)
- Place water and sugar in a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Sprinkle yeast over the water and stir few times. Let sit until foamy ( about 5 minutes).
- Turn the mixer on low speed and add 1 cup of flour and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add oil and mix well.
- Gradually add as much of the remaining cup of flour as you can ( it can be only 3/4 of it) and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 220 degrees F and when it’s ready turn it off. Keep the door closed.
- Grease the skillet.
- Place dough onto a floured surface (use the remaining flour from the second cup) and fold the dough few times until you feel it’s smooth and not sticky anymore. Shape into a ball.
- Roll out the dough into a size of your skillet.
- Place in skillet. Stretch up the sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Take the skillet out of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make indentations in the dough with your fingers.
- Mix melted earth balance and seasoning in a small bowl. Brush the dough with half the earth balance
- Place skillet with dough in the preheated oven and bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with remaining butter. Let cool until safe to the touch and slice. Serve.