Basil, Olive and Feta Foccacia

Ingredients

1/2 cup (130 ml) warm water (warmer than room temp but not warm enough to be uncomfortable to the touch)
1 cup (235 ml) warm water (same as the first)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons

Preparation

1
First off, mix the flours together and whisk so they are combined well.
2
This recipe requires you to make a sponge. For this you take 1/2 cup of flour and place in a large bowl with the half cup warm water and the yeast. Cover the bowl with plastic and let stand anywhere from 2-8 hours. This is to allow it to ferment, I personally couldn't wait the whole time, I think I made it a minute past the 2 hour mark.
3
Stir in the 1 cup of water a little at a time. Add in the salt and just enough of the flour to make the dough pull away from the sides of the bowl.
4
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead enough flour to make a soft dough. It should be smooth and elastic. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat the dough ball lightly, and cover. Place in a warm place where a draft cannot get to it and allow to rise about 1 hour.
5
Prep a large baking pan (pizza pan works well) by either taking an oiled napkin and running it around the pan or line with parchment paper.
6
Punch the dough down and allow to rest 10 minutes.
7
Oil your hands and place dough in the pan. Brush the top of the dough with oil then, using your fingers, make deep dimples in the dough, about 1/2 inch. Cover with plastic again and let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.
8
Preheat the oven to 400F(200C).
9
Take the olives, feta and basil and spread on top of the foccacia. Sprinkle salt on top and place in oven. Bake 18 - 20 minutes or until golden. Check about half way through and deflate any large bubbles with the poke of a knife.
10
When done cooking, place on a rack to cool for about 15 - 20 minutes.
11
This bread is very versatile. You can make it into small mini loaves (as in the original recipe) or in a big one like I did. You can also top it with a number of different ingredients, just let your craving drive you :D!

 



Yield:

8 bites

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Monday, April 11, 2011 - 1:59pm

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