Vegan, quick & easy
To celebrate Italian week on The Great British Bake Off, I wanted to make an Italian dish. I love bread and decided to make a focaccia which I had never made before, until now!
Focaccia is an Italian oil based bread which is usually flat & square-shaped.
I love making dough. There’s just something magical about watching the yeast activate and dough rising….does anyone else think so?!
I’ve created the most delicious fluffy, flavourful and ultra irresistible focaccia ever!
This focaccia is infused with rosemary, garlic and juicy sun-dried tomatoes, with salt & pepper to taste and a light sprinkle of vegan parmesan (Prosociano) cheese from Violife.
This cheese is so tasty and adds another level of flavour to this dish?
People find making dough & bread hard, but I wanted to share this recipe as the dough is foolproof. All you have to worry about is what flavour you want your focaccia!!!
It’s a very simple dough to make, all you need to do is allow the dough to double in size, top it with your yummy toppings and bake!
Preparation- 2 hours
Cooking time- 20-25 minutes
Makes- 1 large focaccia
Ingredients for the base
-230ml of warm water
-1 packet (7g) of dry yeast
-1 teaspoon of golden caster sugar
-290g of plain flour
-290g of self-raising flour
-2 & 1/2 tablespoons of light olive oil
-1 teaspoon of salt
-3 garlic cloves (Roughly chopped)
-Sundried tomatoes (Sliced)
-Vegan parmesan cheese (I use Violife)
-Pinch of salt & pepper
Step 1- Place the warm water into a bowl, and sprinkle in the yeast and sugar.
Step 3- Add in the activated yeast mixture to the flour mix.
Step 4- Mix with a hand whisk or attach a dough hook to your stand mixer and begin to knead on medium until smooth dough forms.
Step 6- Grease a deep baking tray with oil.
Step 7– Once the dough has doubled in size, turn it out into the oiled tray and stretch/press out the dough until it reaches the edges covering the base of the pan.
Make sure its level.
Step 8- With your fingertips, make little dimples into the dough, and add into them the garlic, rosemary, sundried tomato and parmesan.
Step 10- Preheat your oven to 210 degrees c.
Step 11- Once the dough has risen, place the focaccia into the lower/middle of the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 12- Once ready, remove from the oven and serve warm or allow to cool down and slice into servings.
I served my focaccia with fresh salad and more Violife parmesan cheese.
Store in a sealed container and best enjoyed within a few days of making.
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