Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Focaccia Bread

*newly amended


Supper co-op tonight was very a certain smile maker! The one family gets truly excited over cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, while our family loves alfredo. So tonight everyone got a salad with Olive Garden Dressing, pasta of their choosing, and focaccia bread.

This recipe of Focaccia bread I found on the beloved recipe database "All Recipes.com"
It has 4 3/4 stars with over 500 reviews and over 9000 viewers had "saved" the recipe.

It did not disappoint! Jackson (my almost 8 yr old) helped me make it. We were all delighted with the results. The herbs baked into the bread made the kitchen smell wonderful!

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
  2. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
*To make it more wellness plan approved, I used 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, instead of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, I spread on Basil Pesto and just a slight sprinkling of Italian cheese mixture...mostly as a garnish.  The man clan was still begging for more.  I encourage you to try the revised version.  We also enjoy individual little dipping plates with a dollop of pesto, olive oil, fresh ground black pepper, and a few dots of balsamic vinegar, you know like Macaroni Grill and other fine restaurants treat you.


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