Focaccia Bread

“A pure soul starts with a pure body,” advises our tearoom chef. She adds romance to meals with her aromatic version of foccaccia bread, a soft, thick, crusted pizza like bread that teases the appetite.

2 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
5-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh chopped garlic
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (or herb of preference)
1 teaspoon chopped chives
2 tablespoons olive oil

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water in large bowl. Combine flour and salt.

Add yeast to mixture, stirring well with wooden spoon. Add herbs and oil.

Knead dough on lightly floured board until smooth, about five minutes.

Place dough in oiled bowl and brush top of bowl with oil. Let rest and rise until twice its original size, about 30 to 45 minutes. Punch dough down and shape into 10, 4 x 1 inch, oblong loaves. Make diagonal slashes with sharp knife across tops of loaves and place on ungreased baking sheet that has been lightly sprinkled with cornmeal. Let loaves rise for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove wire rack to cool, enjoy while warm.

from: Herbs: Growing and Using the Plants of Romance

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