Ligurian Focaccia

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READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Grease a 10-15 inch jelly-roll pan generously with olive oil.
  • Make the dough: stir the salt into the flour and rub in the lard or oil with your hands, making sure it is evenly absorbed by the flour.
  • Whisk the yeast into the water and use a large rubber spatula to stir the yeast mixture into the flour mixture; stir vigorously to make an evenly moistened dough that is not necessarily very smooth.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap; let dough rise at room temperature until it is doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, scrape it onto the prepared pan and spread it evenly with the palms of your hands; if the dough resists, set the pan aside for 5 minutes to let the dough relax a little, then continue.
  • Cover dough with oiled plastic wrap and let the dough rise in the pan until it is puffy; about 30 minutes.
  • About 15 minutes before you are ready to bake, set a rack in the lowest level of the oven; preheat oven to 425°.
  • Use your index finger to dimple the dough at 1 ½ inch intervals; drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt.
  • Bake the foccacia until it is deep golden in color, about 30 minutes.
  • Before removing the focaccia from the oven, use a spatula to lift the focaccia to make sure the bottom is well-colored and done.
  • Slide the focaccia from the pan onto a rack to cool.
  • Cut the focaccia into 2- to 3-inch squares; best eaten on the day it is made.
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