You must try this

My friends, I would be remiss if I did not introduce you to one of my favorite fall/winter yummys. I made this for dinner tonight and just knew I needed to share this with you.
Here it is...

"The Easiest, Bestest Focaccia Bread ever"
(no, I did not make up the name... yes, it describes this recipe perfectly)

Check out that lovely hot out of the oven... Yes, even you who "don't bake" can make this. You may not be able to pronounce it but I garentee you can make it.

"The Easiest, Bestest Focaccia Bread ever"

In a large bowl stir together:
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp of sugar
1 (1/4oz) packet of active dry yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
and a dash of pepper

Mix in:
1 cup of warm water (If you wouldn't bathe a baby in it it's too hot)
1 TBS vegatable oil

When your dough is pulling together dump it out onto a floured surface and knead it until it feels smooth and elastic (a good time to relase any pent up aggression -don't worry the dough can handle it).
Then place it into a lightly oiled bowl (I use cooking spray to oil my bowl and then give the dough a light covering of spray as well)
Cover it with a damp cloth and set it on top of the stove while you preheat it to 415. It will need to rest for about 25 minutes.
It will not rise noticably and that's ok but punch it down anyway and place it onto a lightly greased cookie sheet (I use a baking stone)
Pat it into a rectangle about 1/2 inch think (don't worry about making it perfect)
Here is the fun part
Use your knuckle (or fingertips) to make indentations in the dough about 1/2 inch apart the prick all over with a fork (be a little more gentle here)
Bursh the entire things with about 2 TBS or so of Olive Oil
Sprinkle with grated Parmasean Cheese and about 2 cups of grated Motzerella Cheese
(Add any additional toppings you want - carmelized onions, sliced tomatos, vegetables)

Bake at 415 for 13 to 15 min. or until the cheese turns golden.
Eat it with your favorite soup

or with a fresh salad or pasta.
If you make this I promise you that your family and friends will be impressed and think you are an amazing cook. If you make it too much you may have to join a gym, but it might be worth it.


So when your making dinner do you ever pretend like you have your own cooking show?
Yeah - neither do I.

1 comment:

Sunshine said...

you lost me at kneading.... :)