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Basic Focaccia Bread
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 3 C unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 C corn meal, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 C water
  • 1/3 C olive oil You could use a flavored oil, like rosemary, basil, garlic
  1. Place all ingredients into your bread machine, and select manual. Start.

  2. Check dough the first few minutes of kneading and add additional water or flour if necessary to make a smooth ball of dough. No dough should be stuck on the sides of the canister.

  3. Spray a heavy baking sheet with oil or Pam and sprinkle with cornmeal.

  4. At the end of the final cycle of the bread machine, remove dough and place on the baking sheet and pat into a large circle (12"). Dust your fingers with cornmeal to make this easier.

  5. Brush the dough top with a film of olive oil. This is the glue for your botanicals.

  6. Lay out your botanicals, pressing them lightly into the dough surface. If you need more olive oil, use a bit more. Sprinkle the top with coarse sea salt.

  7. Let rise for about 30 minutes until puffy.

  8. Place in a preheated 425 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees for an additional 5 minutes until lightly brown. Watch it carefully so the surface doesn't brown too much.

  9. Serve it hot or at room temperature, cut into wedges.