Dried Mixed Herb Focaccia

I do love focaccia and have made several different variations. But this one, using dried herbs, garlic powder and some parmesan just has to be the best , so far.

It is not only very tasty, but also easy to make. Though I say easy I must also mention that it takes quite a long time. But that time is not really labour intensive, since 3 hours of the time is actually to proof the dough twice.

The dough is best made in a stand mixer, since there is a 15 minute knead time. It would be longer and more tiring, if kneaded by hand, though that is possible too.

Focaccia is great for dipping in some flavoursome olive oil It is also very good for making a sandwich or panini. I also enjoy toasting some and eating it with caponata. There are, clearly, many different ways to enjoy this wonderful bread.

There are also many flavourings that you can include. This particular recipe uses dried mixed herbs and garlic powder in the dough. Then some parmesan is grated on the top. But different cheese could be used, as well as different herbs and spices. Other toppings too are good on focaccia, tomatoes, olives, anchovies and any number of other things.

So if you feel adventurous you can use this dough recipe as the base for limitless variations.

My Bake

I baked my focaccia for 35 minutes. it was nicely browned on the top after that time. So I tested the temperature and it had reached 98C/208F. So I knew it was ready to come out of the oven. I then placed the focaccia on a wire rack. Having left it to cool I cut some so I could taste it.

The crust had a great chew, slightly crisp when warm, but soft and chewy later. The inside was beautifully soft, with a great crumb. The flavour was perfect too, the mixed herbs really delivered. There was also a background garlic flavour and just enough of a cheese flavour to satisfy me.

I ate some with caponata. I also sliced some horizontally to use for a sandwich. Making a panini was easy too, slicing it and filling it with grilled aubergine, courgettes and roasted peppers, as well as some ham and cheese.

In fact this bread is very versatile. I also enjoy it with some pasta with meat sauce. Dipping it in the sauce is great.

I also froze some individual portions as they keep well like that, for another time.

Dried Herb Focaccia – Video

Another great bread recipe is: Easy No Knead Turkish Bread.

Dried Mixed Herb Focaccia

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: BreadCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time + Proof Time

3

hours 

40

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes

Ingredients

  • 600g(4 cups) bread flour(or plain flour will work)

  • 20g(1 1/2 tbsp) sugar

  • 150ml (1/2 cup + 2 tbps) milk at room temperature

  • 290l(1 cup + 3tbsp+1 tsp) water at room temperature

  • 65ml(1/4 cup + 1 tsp) olive oil

  • 15g (2 1/2 tsp) salt

  • 7g (1 packet) instant yeast

  • 2g(2 tsp) dried mixed herbs

  • 6g(1 1/2 tsp) powdered garlic

  • grated parmesan for the top, to personal taste

  • extra olive oil for drizzling and greasing.

Directions

  • Place the flour, sugar, herbs, garlic powder and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix briefly with the paddle attachment.
  • Add the water, milk and oil and mix until everything is pulled together into a shaggy dough.
  • Change the paddle for the dough hook and knead on medium speed for 15 minutes, adding in the salt once the machine has started to knead
  • After 15 minutes the dough will still be very tacky, and should be tipped out onto a floured work surface.
  • Fold the dough over on itself about 4 times and then form it into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to proof in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Brush oil all over the surface of a large baking tray, with raised edges(42cm x30).  If necessary use 2 pans.
  • Tip the dough into the pan and with well oiled hands push the dough flat until it covers the entire surface of the pan.  If the dough is springing back and making it difficult to push into the corners simply cover it and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes, then try again.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow to proof again, in warm place, for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F.
  • Uncover the dough and oil your hands.
  • Press your fingers all over the dough, making dimples across the surface.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the top and then grate parmesan, to personal taste, over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is a nice golden brown.  Keep an eye on the focaccia as it bakes so that it doesn’t brown too much. 
  • Remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

2 Comments

  1. hiya Geoff….do you think this one is any better than your No Knead Focaccia? I love that one and use it often… just like you I change it around with various herbs, spices and cheeses… I even add sun dried tomatoes or sliced black olives and sautéed onions…. mine ends up being a meal in itself I guess. Like a pizza. It’s amazing!! I’ve told everybody I know about your focaccia…. it’s the best.
    I just made one on the weekend… grated cheddar on top after brushing on olive oil into which I put some crushed garlic and some sprigs of fresh Rosemary. Jack (from Bakes with Jack) mentioned that putting fresh herbs into oil would prevent it from as he puts it ‘turning to ash’. It worked. It is very yummy.
    Thanks again for all the videos you make Geoff…and, all the goodies you bake. It’s hot again …well, still… it has been for weeks with only 2 days a bit cooler. Up to +30C again today… I sure don’t like it that hot. Who wants to turn on the oven and bake? I’m going to dig out my toaster oven and put it in the garage…finally… today I truly am!! And, for supper…we’ll just BBQ some burgers outside…..

    Veronica

    • Hi Veronica. I am not sure it is better that the No Knead Focaccia. But I can say that I could hardly stop eating this one. Either one is very good indeed and, as you affirm, is infinitely variable in what can be included inside or on top. Good idea for the toaster oven. We are having very hot temperatures here too, at least until Monday.

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