It’s only the first week of school, and I am already bored with our lunch options – ha! So, I decided the best way to mix things up was to try out new bread with our sandwiches. We made some homemade focaccia bread last week, and loved it so much we had to make it again the next day!
The bigger girls aren’t always interested in helping in the kitchen anymore, so I get kind of excited when they want to participate! Sierra, on the other hand, is attached to my hip when I’m in the kitchen. She is quite the little helper these days!
Anyway, we not only made it into a sandwich, but used it as our hamburger buns, as well. It is awesome and best of all incredibly simple! I got the recipe from food.com, which calls it the “easiest bestest focaccia bread ever.” I would concur! Here is the recipe:
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water ( 105-115 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese ( grated)
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese ( shredded)
- Mix the yeast and water in a small bowl. Let proof for 10 minutes (until bubbles begin to form).
- In large bowl, stir together flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil, and black pepper.
- Add the yeast mix and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and combine.
- When dough has pulled together, turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl, and turn to coat with oil.
- Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm place 25 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Punch dough down, place on greased baking sheet.
- Pat dough into 1/2-inch thick rectangle (doesn’t have to be perfect).
- Using your knuckle, make indentations in the dough about 1/2-inch apart, then prick dough with fork.
- Brush top with olive oil, then sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown.
On another note, my husband came home with a movie and I just noticed wine chilling in the fridge… that means it’s time for me to step away from the computer!