Focaccia Bread with Cheddar Cheese

You'll need a mixer with a dough hook to make this version of the classic Italian bread.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 35 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cup ice water
  • 2 tsp. fast-acting dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups plus 3 Tbsp. unbleached white flour
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • ¾ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  • In the bowl of a sturdy mixer, add water, yeast, salt, and 3 cups flour. Mix on low for about 2 minutes, until ingredients begin to form a ball. Attach the dough hook to the mixer, then add 2 tablespoons olive oil and ½ cup of cheese and mix for about 5 minutes, until smooth but not elastic. Add additional 3 tablespoons of flour if needed to produce smooth dough. Remove dough from mixer, place in a bowl, and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, turning until it is lightly coated. Cover with warm towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Remove dough from bowl and put on a floured surface. Divide dough in two. Press dough with your hands until each piece is about 15" long and 8" wide, then transfer to separate greased baking sheets. With a spray bottle, mist each the dough lightly with water. Sprinkle both loaves evenly with remaining ¼ cup of grated cheese.
  • Bake each loaf 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Recipe Information

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cup ice water
  • 2 tsp. fast-acting dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups plus 3 Tbsp. unbleached white flour
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • ¾ cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

  • In the bowl of a sturdy mixer, add water, yeast, salt, and 3 cups flour. Mix on low for about 2 minutes, until ingredients begin to form a ball. Attach the dough hook to the mixer, then add 2 tablespoons olive oil and ½ cup of cheese and mix for about 5 minutes, until smooth but not elastic. Add additional 3 tablespoons of flour if needed to produce smooth dough. Remove dough from mixer, place in a bowl, and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, turning until it is lightly coated. Cover with warm towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Remove dough from bowl and put on a floured surface. Divide dough in two. Press dough with your hands until each piece is about 15" long and 8" wide, then transfer to separate greased baking sheets. With a spray bottle, mist each the dough lightly with water. Sprinkle both loaves evenly with remaining ¼ cup of grated cheese.
  • Bake each loaf 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories150
Total Fat6g
Saturated Fat1g
Cholesterol5mg
Sodium320mg
Total Carbohydrate21g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars0g
Protein5g