The bread dough had been sitting in the refrigerator for several days. That’s okay; bread dough can sit in the refrigerator for up to five days. Each day, it gets a little more yeasty and more flavorful.
It was really good bread dough, a leftover from another project. We considered making sandwich buns with it but decided to make focaccia. That started us off on another project: making focaccia from scratch with a variety of spice combinations.
Today, we’ll tell you how to create easy focaccia with almost any bread dough.
The Easy Way to Make Focaccia
Making classic focaccia is a bit of project. We have a classic focaccia recipe on our website and we used to have a mix. We abandoned the mix because it was too much of project for many customers.
The mixes we sell now are really good and really easy. Why not use the same methods for scratch focaccia?
The method is simple:
- Mix the dough according to package or recipe instructions. Add two tablespoons dried minced onions. (The onions aren’t necessary but they sure make for better bread.) A mix or a recipe for one loaf is the right size for this project.
- Press the dough into a pizza pan or a dark-colored baking sheet. A pizza roller helps. The dough should be about 1/2-inch thick but some swells and vales are okay. Cover it and let it rise until doubled.
- While it is rising, mix 1 1/2 tablespoons spice blend and 1/2 teaspoon course salt with 1/3 cup olive oil.
- When the bread has risen, press dimples into the dough with your fingertips then drizzle and spread the olive oil mixture onto the dough with a coat of oil covering all the exposed dough. Some oil and spices will collect in the dimples.
- Bake the bread in a 400 degree oven until the bread is golden and crusty. Fifteen minutes in our oven on a dark, 14-inch pizza pan is perfect. Remove the bread to a wire rack to cool.
Notice that you only have to let the dough rise once and there is no fancy roll or loaf shaping.
Serve your focaccia as fresh as possible with more olive oil for dipping or marinara sauce. (Good old pizza sauce works fine.) Focaccia makes great sandwiches. Split a wedge horizontally and load it with sandwich goodies.
What kind of spices should you use?
When working on this project, we used Teeny Tiny Spice Blends. They are very good but an Italian blend is traditional. Our Zesty Italian Pizza and Pasta Spice blend is perfect and very close to what we use in some of our focaccia mixes. You won’t go wrong with that and it is good place to start.
There you have it. You will find that your family absolutely loves this bread. You’ll love it because it is so quick and easy.