I love making bread, all sorts of bread! I like the whole process, I like the mixing, and the kneading, waiting for the dough to rise, shaping the dough, etc. I love it all. This is an easy focaccia bread recipe, it's super simple to make, if you've got the time. It does rise three times though, make sure you'll be around for that!
Here's the recipe-
1 1 /2 C warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 TBSP olive oil
1 1/2 tsp table salt
3 1/4 C flour
Add 1/2 Cup warm water to bowl with 2 1/4 tsp yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients, mix until just sticking to the bowl, turn on lightly floured surface, and knead 5-7 minutes. Place in bowl with oil, coat dough so it doesn't stick, cover with plastic wrap or clean dish towel and let rise in warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled.
After 1 hour, grease a cookie sheet, punch dough down, and press dough into cookie sheet, cover and let rise 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, press fingers in dough to create indentations about 1 inch apart. Cover and let rise 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450
Take another 2 TBSP olive oil, drizzle on top of bread, and add salt (if you're adding other ingredients, place those on bread and then drizzle with olive oil and salt)
Bake 12-15 minutes.
You can find the tutorial here
The great thing about focaccia bread is that it's very versatile. I like to add fresh chopped tomatoes with oregano, and basil. Or you can saute onions until they turn golden and sweet, and add them on top before you bake the bread.