Focaccia can be used to make sandwiches or cut into strips and used for dipping in marinara sauce. Focaccia can be baked plain or with a variety of toppings, such as herbs (rosemary is especially good), sesame seeds, onions, or tomato paste.
Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 3 hoursDifficulty: Medium
- 2 packets yeast
- 1 tsp. honey
- 2 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 7 cups (2 lbs.) all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. table salt
- 1 tsp. coarse sea salt
- Combine yeast, honey, and warm water in a stand mixer mixing bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add 3 1⁄2 cups flour, olive oil, and table salt. Mix for 2 minutes, then let sit for 10 minutes.
- Add remaining flour; mix with dough hook for 5 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
- Punch down dough, then stretch and press it out onto a well-oiled 11-by-18-inch sheet pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Uncover dough and drizzle with olive oil. Poke holes about every 3 inches all over the dough with your fingertips, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake for 25 minutes. Cool on a rack.