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Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !

Preparation + rising : 1 hour and 40 mins Baking: 22 mins Makes : 8 squares

When making any kind of dough my grandmother would make the sponge first. Then, after left aside for 30 minutes or so, she added the rest of the ingredients for best results. Here is how the sponge looks :

Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !
This Simple Focaccia is done in the same manner and I firmy believe this to be the key part of the process. Both for savoury and sweet doughs. Preparation and rising takes 1 hour and 40 minutes but only 20 minutes of your active time, approximately.

This is how the dough looks before you add toppings:

Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !

Just before baking:

Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !

If any leftovers, we store focaccia for two days at room temperature, covered with baking paper or dry kitchen towel. That way, focaccia remains crispy on the outside. If you cover it with foil or any plastic wrap, it becomes soft and sticky.

Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !
When you have tried and tested recipes for the dough like this one, toppping ingredients and serving are not the problem. You may add canned tuna, herbs you prefer, bell peppers, ham, pancetta, cheese or coarse salt only; once photographed, we had slices of focaccia with olives’ leftovers and it was an excellent brunch. Also, you may serve this Simple Foccacia with Zuppa Toscana or any other soup or stew you prefer.
I was insipred to arrange foccacia this way, instead with sliced fresh tomatoes or sun dried ones, by Sweet GulaΒ  He creates miracles !

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Simple Focaccia

Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !

Course Appetizer, brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Simple Focaccia
Prep Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes
Servings 8 squares

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for the sponge:
  • 1 Tbsp fresh yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5 Tbsp cake flour
  • Ingredients for the dough :
  • 2 cups cake flour ( 250 grams )
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ΒΎ cup + 4 Tbsp warm water
  • Ingredients for the topping:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Green olives, 1 brunch of cherry tomatoes, coarse salt
  • Fresh thyme to garnish
  • 1 tsp olive oil for the pan

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, whisk manually sponge ingredients, cover with foil and leave aside for 30 minutes.

  2. While the sponge is aside, prepare 7 x 11 inches dish and brush it with olive oil. Leave asides well.

  3. Using paddle attachment, mix sponge with dough ingredients on low speed.

  4. Leave the dough to rest for 60 minutes. After 40 minutes of resting, preheat the oven to 200 C / 392 F.

  5. Knead the dough once again, dampen your hands with water to transfer the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the dough all over the pan using your hands.

  6. Create dimples in the dough using your fingertips.

  7. Brush 1 Tbsp olive oil over the complete surface.

  8. Press olives and tomatoes in the dough and sprinkle with coarse salt.

  9. Bake for 22 minutes. Focaccia becomes brown and crisp.

  10. Leave aside for several minutes, cut and serve while still warm, garnished with fresh thyme or rosemary.

Simple Focaccia : olives, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme or rosemary and olive oil on golden crispy focaccia bread give you the best experience of cucina povera !

 

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