Some younger foodwishers may not realize this, but there was
a time, before the Internet, when not everyone knew everything about everything.
These days, if you’re wondering what “focaccia” means, you Google it, and
all is revealed. In case you’re wondering, it comes from the Latin word for
“hearth,” but that’s not what pre-Wikipedia Chef John thought.
signature characteristic of the bread is the deeply dimpled surface, and those
holes are created using well-oiled fingers, it made perfect sense. Plus,
fingers starts with an “f,” as does focaccia, which reinforced my brilliant
theory. Anyway, now we know.
This is such a fun and versatile bread to make. I went with a
simple, but classic rosemary and sea salt topping, but a
web search for focaccia will turn up more than just the definition. You’ll see dozens of
different and delicious toppings with which to accessorize your slab.
onions, and sliced grapes. You can add pretty much anything to the top when you
do the old finger poke, and proceed as demonstrated. Of course, depending on
your garnishes, you may have to cook it a little longer, but I’m sure you’ll
figure that out. No matter how you customize it, I hope you give this classic
flat bread a try soon. Enjoy!
step; reserve about 1/4 cup for the kneading)
little more flour. The total weight I added was about 12 oz.
*This will work with just all-purpose flour, but I prefer the bread flour and semolina
reserved flour and 2 additional tablespoons of olive oil, for about 7-8
minutes, until you have a smooth, elastic, but slightly sticky dough.
minutes, drizzle with olive oil, poke dough with finger tips, let rise
45 minutes or until doubled, brush lightly with olive oil, top with more
rosemary and sea salt.
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