We are big time bread eaters in our home. I bake all the time. I just enjoy doing it. I do not like treats very much but I do like bread. In Uruguay, bread is delicious. You can almost be walking anywhere in the country and the smell of fresh baked goods will get you from a bakery nearby ar from your neighbor’s home.
Focaccia bread is one of my favorites, it is so easy and versatile. It is the BEST “bread base” for homemade breadsticks as well! Usually, I make focaccia bread using a “sourdough starter” in which you put some flour, yeast and water in the fridge overnight and this very sticky and soft dough forms. The bread is phenomenal but it takes time. This other method works as long as you do it as the instructions say. You’ll be left with a crunchy bread on the outside and soft on the inside. The infusion of fresh herbs, cheese an olive oil makes this out of this world!
Ingredients for two loaves:
- 1/1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3 tsp SAF yeast
- 4 TBSP olive oil plus more for oiling the pan
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/1/4 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP grated parmesan cheese (or Asiago)
- Fresh thyme or rosemary