Prep 2 hrs
Cook 20 mins
I use my bread machine to do all the grunge of making the dough for this recipe. Keeps the kitchen clean too.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups lukewarm water, plus
- 3 tablespoons lukewarm water
- 5 tablespoons oil (I like safflower)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon bread machine yeast
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder (optional)
- 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
pick as many or as few add-ons as you want
- diced green onion
- diced tomato
- sliced black olives
- sliced mushrooms
- sliced green pepper
- diced jalapeno pepper
- cooked crumbled bacon
- grated cheddar cheese
- Dough: Put the 1 1/2 cup water in the bread machine.
- Add the other ingredients in this order: sugar, salt, oil, flour, yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and black pepper.
- Place bread machine on dough setting and start.
- Note the amount of time your bread machine will take and set another timer for this amount (or do it manually, I use the timer on my microwave for for this).
- As soon as the dough forms a ball (several minutes) add the 3 tbsp lukewarm water.
- This amount of flour is more than most bread machines can handle, so check every 10 minutes when it is not actively mixing.
- If it's getting too high, just stop the dough cycle and restart it (this is why the other timer is needed).
- At the end of the time (on my machine it is 130 minutes) turn off the bread machine and remove the dough.
- Grease a large pizza pan (or a large rectangular cookie sheet with sides, or 2 small pizza pans) and turn the dough out on it (I usually put a bit of oil or cooking spray on my hands so It doesn't stick to me).
- Spread the dough evenly on the pan, making it higher on the edges of the pan for a crust.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double.
- About 15-20 minutes.
- Toppings: Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and garlic powder.
- Add as many optional toppings as you wish (invent some if you wish).
- Sprinkle with parmesan.
- Bake until golden about 15-20 minutes at 350°F.
oh man!! This focaccia is INCREDIBLE!!! I divided my dough up into two cookie tray. I didn't have any garlic powder, so I minced up a head of garlic really fine and added it into the bread maker along with the flour and everything else. As for topping, I added some tomato paste, Mirj's Oven-Dried Tomatoes #14681, more minced garlic, some minced onion, mushrooms, and a generous sprinkle of oregano and basil and popped it into the oven. Once the bread was done, I turned off the oven, and just added a couple of thinly sliced processed cheese on the top. Eating it while I am reviewing it...best focaccia ever!! I think I will go home and make another batch, don't think it will last the day. Darn should have brought more to work.
This does make a lot. My large pizza pan is really big, as is my rectangular pan... I think that a jelly roll pan is too small. OOPS I should probably have indicated this... The cheese on top is what should make it golden. It always has for me. Also,it makes up nice as a bread loaf too (cooking time will change)...
Everyone in my family loves this bread!! I made it in a large jelly roll pan and put different toppings on each half, so it was like having 2 flavors. Had to cook it twice as long and it never got golden. Next time I'll make it with 2 pans so the bread is thinner. THANKS for a family favorite.