This is so quick, it literally took me about 5 minutes to mix up and spread into the pan. It has a short rising time, too, and while it's rising, you mix up the topping. The recipe calls for quick-rising yeast, but I only had regular on hand, and that worked fine. The first time I made this, I had to leave the house for about 45 minutes, so it rose that whole time, and worked perfectly. The second time I made this, I only let it rise for about 30 minutes and it was great that way too. This recipe is so good and easy- I may never make "regular" focaccia again! I think this would make a perfect meal with some Tomato-Basil Soup and a salad.
No-Knead Focaccia Bread
adapted from Home Cooking with Sonya
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (can use 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
1 envelope yeast (2-1/4 tsp)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3-4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1-2/3 cup warm water- may not use all of this- I used a little over 1 cup
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2- 3/4 teaspoon dried onion or onion powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional (I did not use this)
1. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, salt and yeast. While mixing, slowly pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and warm water. Just add water until a wet, sticky dough is formed. You may not need all the water. Start with about 1 cup. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Transfer dough to a well greased 13x9 inch pan. Spread dough with a rubber spatula. Cover and let rise for 30 mins in a warm spot. (Make sure your plastic wrap has been lightly sprayed with nonstick spray so that the dough doesn't stick to it.)
2. In a small bowl, combine seasonings and cheese. Set aside.
3. After the first rise, poke holes in the dough with either lightly floured fingertips or a greased wooden spoon handle. Drizzle with remaining 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkles spice and cheese mixture evenly over the top. Allow dough to rise again for 15-30 minutes.
4. While dough is rising the second time, preheat oven to 375 F or (190 C) and bake for 15-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 5-10 mins.
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