Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cheesy Rosemary Focaccia

I made this yesterday to go with our salads for dinner and it was soooo good! Good really isn't the right word to describe this yummy bread, it was was better than good, divine even. I got this recipe from Our Best Bites (love you) and altered it a bit adding cheese and a few more spices too. Try it, it will change your life :)

1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons crushed dry rosemary or finely chopped fresh
2 1/4- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
dried oregano

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Allow to stand for 10 minutes or until bubbly. While the yest is getting bubbly, combine 2 cups of flour, salt, and1 tablespoon rosemary.
2. Add flour mixture to yeast mixture along with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Mix well. (I put it in my stand mixer with the dough hook on, but you can use your hands too) Slowly add remaining flour to make a very soft dough- try to resist the urge to add too much flour. You probably won't use the entire extra 1/2 cup flour. I used only about 1/4 cup more. You want a soft, wet dough.
3. Cover and allow to rise about 1 hour.
4. Lightly flour work area and transfer dough onto the surface. Divide in half ( I didn't and just made one big loaf) and shape each half into a round loaf and place on a greased cookie sheet or pizza stone. Cover and allow to rise another 45 minutes.
5. Heat oven to 375. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes of until very lightly golden -brown. Take out of oven and brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter, sprinkle with cheese and dried oregano. Broil for 1-2 minutes. Keep your eye on it....
6. Serve immediately and slice into strips or just rip it off and eat!!

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