Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ah, Hot Bread.


My savoury Focaccia bread is just out of the oven and it smells so good. Good enough to eat . Many kitchen and cooking smells are delightful but hot bread and freshly ground coffee have to be up the top of my list. I made almost all our bread for a couple of years but now buy Vogels again and Molenburg cause they are great; but I still make My version of focaccia and keep some in the freezer, so it is always on hand. I have added sliced black olives and freshly grated parmesan to the usual rock salt topping.

Here's the recipe. I make the dough in the bread maker on the dough setting ( but it could be done by hand if you have the time and no machine )
Ingredients:
*1 tablespoon of olive oil; 1 tablespoon of sugar; 1 teaspoon of salt; 3 cups of high grade flour; 2 teaspoons dried oregano; 2 teaspoons of dried yeast granules; 1 1/2 cups of warm water.*

When dough is ready tip onto a baking paper covered oven slide , with floured fingers pat out to cover the slide in an oval sort of shape( and if you wish to cut in half later make a depression across the middle ) and leave to rise. ( will depend on the temperature how long it takes. ) Pre heat oven to 220 degrees centigrade. Brush a little oil on the topof the dough then sprinkle rock salt; sliced black olives and freshly grated cheese ( parmesan or tasty ). Cook 15 - 20 minutes. When cooked it will sound hollow if tapped . Remove from oven onto cooling rack ( inhale delicious smells! ) If cutting in half wait till it's cooled. Enjoy.

7 comments:

Sooziii said...

Mmm I can smell that delicous freshly baked smell from here.....delicious!

Helen said...

Yummie bread and so easy to make (I have a bread machine which I don't use often enough) Thanks for the recipe

Suzi-k said...

ooooh you cruel woman, I am drooling! looks great!

Shelina said...

Happy New Year. The bread looks awesome, and so does the back of your quilt.

Shirley Goodwin said...

I also make my own bread, but mine is sourdough - all done by hand. It's sooooo good.

ForestJane said...

That sounds great... I love the smell of bread with oregano. :) Have you tried making a pizza crust with this dough? It looks a lot like my pizza recipe. :)

MargaretR said...

Ooh, I can smell it here in Wales, Ali. I'll pop over for a slice if I may?
I haven't made bread in ages. I used to make all my own at one time.