Saturday, October 5, 2013

No Fuss Focaccia!!!!


This is an easy way to dress up your breads for any meal and a great way to utilize frozen 1 lb. loaves, which I keep on hand at home for a variety of purposes.  Focaccia is an Italian flatbread, slathered in olive oil and topped with herbs, veggies, meats and cheeses, then baked.  The frozen loaf saves some prep work as it can be thawed early in the day, before your intended affair.  The thawed dough is then stretched by hand to create the rippled texture to hold the goodies like olive oil, kosher salt and bacon crumbles. Focaccia  is typically scored or indented with a blunt object like the butt of a knife or other utensil, to aid in the release of air during baking, as not to rise too high and not be considered a flat bread. 
Recipe:
1 lb. frozen loaf, such as Rhodes, thawed
1/4 c. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 slices cooked bacon,crumbled
SPST
Place smashed cloves in olive oil to impart flavor.  Let steep until ready to use, then remove garlic.
Once dough is thawed, Preheat oven to 350*F.
stretch with fingers to create the grooves and until it is the approximate size of the baking sheet, about 11 x 9. 
Paint both sides with olive oil and sprinkle top with bacon crumbles and SPST.
Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. 
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