Truth be told, I've eaten pizza just about every day for almost a week. For the FoodBuzz Pizza Challenge I really wanted to make my own dough which I had never done before. Last week was filled with experiments focusing on rising. Today, I had the last of the dough in my fridge and I didn't want to just throw it away so I decided to make a straight focaccia to go along with the pasta dinner we had! ** WARNING ** This bread is addictive, before we knew it, the whole thing was gone!!
I'm so happy I didn't just scrap the remaining dough! It turned out a beautiful round of bread just in time for dinner! This time, when I put the dough in my pan, I pressed rosemary, thyme, pepper and salt into the dimples instead of pizza sauce. I let the dough cook almost all the way before I put some parmesan shavings on top. Ten minutes before the focaccia was finished, I topped it with the cheese and place it back in the oven. When it was finished I sprinkled a bit more for good measure.
You can find the basic focaccia recipe here, it also made for an awesome pizza. After conquering this I want to try some other breads, I'm thinking a great raisin bread for the fall. On the cooler mornings, I love a piece of toasted raisin bread with melted butter and a cup of coffee!
Perhaps in the past I haven't had great focaccia. The ones that I have had tend to be a little on the dense side. This is anything but dense. The crust is delicate yet crunchy and the interior is fluffy. Although I was tempted, I didn't even spread butter on the warm bread when it came out of the oven! It has a beautiful butter flavor all on its own - I guess from the olive oil.
I hope you've enjoyed reading about focaccia! I'm having a ton of fun putting together these posts! If you like my FoodBuzz Blogger Challenge posts please vote to keep me in the competition & also feel free to comment! I love reading your thoughts and suggestions.