Saturday, February 25, 2017

Quick and easy olive basil focaccia bread

Hi, everybody! Mary Jane here and I have a delicious recipe for quick and easy focaccia bread!
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2.5 tsp yeast
1 cup warm water
2 TBS oil ( we used our basil infused olive oil)
3TBS parmesan
1 tsp garlic powder
olive oil for brushing on the edges

Mix all the dry ingredients. Add the warm water and oil. Knead on a flat surface until elastic, then cover in a warm place for about 20 minutes, or until risen. Preheat oven to 450F. 

Roll out the bread dough and poke holes in it with your fingers. Kids love this part!
 We have a few people who don't love olives so we only added the olives on one side. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with parmesan and garlic powder.
 You can add different herbs at this time but make sure they're mixed with the olive oil or they'll burn. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
 Mmmmmm. Fresh out of the oven, cut into squares and serve with dipping sauce.
 Our sauce was actually left over pizza sauce. :)
 The bottom was delightfully crisp and the top was just crisped enough to hold the olives in place.
 There! A quick and easy appetizer for these cold February nights when nobody wants a whole meal.
                                      Hoping that everybody is keeping warm. Spring is on the way! Or so I've heard... We had a week of rain and then it turned cold again, but I know the sun will be out soon! Until then, I'll be baking and cooking and writing over here.
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  1. Oh, wow -- so you don't have to prepare the yeast in water and sugar first? You just throw it all in together? That is easy. I'm not an olive lover either so I'd leave that part out but this looks like a fun recipe to try.

    1. exactly. It takes a little getting used to because almost all bread recipes start with the warm water, sugar, yeast mix for ten minutes.

  2. Oh, yum!! I love olives. And bread. Would love this combo! I just wish I had some cute little kid fingers to poke the dough. ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Little kid fingers are always much cuter when they're clean and helping in the kitchen. LOL

  3. We've had ridiculously warm weather here - 66 yesterday - so I'm looking at salads more than warm foods, but I LOVE focaccia bread with a salad and the olive one looks delicious.

    Thanks for sharing the easy recipe. I hope your weather warms up soon.

    1. It did! And it's been beautiful the last few days. Now? We're looking at snow tomorrow! Eeeek!

  4. This looks wonderfully quick and easy - perfect for a soup or pasta night!

  5. I love focaccia bread. I love bread. And how fun to have little fingers poking dents in the dough! Love it!!!!

    I think the olives would be great in the bread, and then toasted with a smear of cream cheese.... olives and cream cheese are a wonderful pairing!!!!!