Prep 1 hr
Cook 13 mins
This makes a great gift! Put in a basket with the spices, a jar of pesto, olive oil, and maybe a baking pan and a wooden spoon. Rising time is estimated.
- 1⁄4 ounce yeast (1 package or 2 1/2 tsp.)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2-1 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- pesto sauce
- Combine and store in an airtight container.
- Blend the mix, warm water, and 2 tbls. oil with a dough hook or wooden spoon until smooth. If it is dry, add water by the tablespoon. If it sticks, add a bit of flour. Knead until smooth. Transfer to an oiled bowl, turn to oil all over, cover and let rise until doubled.
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Punch the dough down and roll into a 13X9" rectangle.
- Brush with remaining oil. Sprinkle with salt; bake 5 minutes. Pop air bubbles with a fork and continue baking until golden, about 8 minutes more. Remove from pan and cut into 3" squares.
- Serve warm with pesto. Enjoy!
- Write the recipe out and attach to jar with a pretty ribbon.
I liked the idea of the gift mix... but when I tried out the recipe before I made any for gifts, I thought it was too hot. If I make it again, I will definitely cut the red pepper flakes to about 1/2 teaspoon. And maybe sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top.
Easy to make! A gift for myself. The bread turned out great. I didn't have pesto. I topped mine with olive oil 1 crushed garlic clove, thinly sliced roma tomatoes, black olives green onions and a little salt and pepper. It took 20 min. in the oven. Thanks!!
This is the best Focaccia I've ever eaten, and the easiest to prepare, too! Now that it passed our taste test, I can't wait to give it as gifts! It is pretty spicy, so I may decrease the crushed red pepper a bit for gifts, but it was perfect for our family. Served this with Chicken Parmesan Easy, Authentic Tasting Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana) and Spaghettini With Roasted Garlic Spaghettini With Roasted Garlic. What a fabulous combination enjoyed by everyone! Thanks so much for posting this, Sharon!