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The best focaccia recipe

VIDEORECIPE The best focaccia recipe

Forget the pale, too-sweet pillow bread that fuelled the focaccia rage of the 90's. This is how a traditional Italian Focaccia recipe should be - ridiculously soft and fluffy inside, crispy on the outside with the signature ​chew​ from potato!

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Ingredients

number of servings
6

FOCACCIA DOUGH

  • 1 cups bread flour Added to
  • 4 teaspoon white sugar Added to
  • 114 teaspoon salt Added to
  • 1 teaspoon instant rapid rise yeast Added to
  • 104 Cup very warm water Added to
  • 112 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Added to
  • 125 g boiled and mashed potato (packed) Added to
  • 12 around large potato Added to

FOR BAKING

  • 4 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Added to
  • 14 teaspoon sea salt flakes Added to

GARLIC ROSEMARY TOPPING

  • 5 cloves garlic Added to
  • 5 cut into fine batons Added to
  • 34 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil Added to
  • 212 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary leaves (fresh) Added to

CHERRY TOMATO TOPPING

  • 12 cherry tomatoes(red) Added to
  • 34 teaspoon dried oregano leaves (or tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves) Added to

BLACK OLIVE TOPPING

  • 16 kalamata olives(pitted) Added to
  • 34 teaspoon dried oregano leaves (or tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves) Added to
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Directions

30 min.
1. Step

Make mashed potato: Peel potato, cut into 2.5cm / 1" chunks. Boil until fully tender (around 10 – 15 mins; check centre with skewer). Drain and mash very well with a potato ricer or masher until smooth and lump-free. Set aside to cool, and measure out required quantity.Mix Dry: Place flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl and mix well with a firm rubber spatula.

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2. Step

Add Wet: Make a well in the centre, then add olive oil and warm water. Mix with spatula until you can no longer see flour. Dough should be sticky – too sticky to knead by hand.

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3. Step

Add Potato: Add mashed potato. Using a folding motion, start mixing it through using the spatula. Then start smearing it along the walls of the bowl. Once potato is evenly incorporated, shape roughly into a ball in the bowl.

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4. Step

Rise 1: Cover bowl with cling wrap, then put in a warm place (25°C/77°F) for 30 minutes until it increases in volume by 50% or up to double in size.

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5. Step

Fold dough: Get another large bowl, drizzle with 2 teaspoons of olive oil then use your hands to smear it around the bowl. Scrape dough in, then fold the edges of the dough into the centre six times. Shape into ball, cover with cling wrap.

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6. Step

Rise 2: Put the bowl in a warm place (25°C/77°F) for 30 minutes until it increases in volume by 50% or up to double in size.

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7. Step

Prepare pan: Meanwhile, prepare the pan. Use a 26.5 x 20 x 5 cm / 10.5 x 8 x 2” metal non-stick pan, or a 9”/23cm round cake pan, preferably not springform. Pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then smear it all across the base and along the walls.

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8. Step

Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 220°C / 430°F (200°C fan), and set a rack on middle shelf. Allow enough time to ensure oven has been preheated for at least 15 mins for best results.Put dough in pan: Scrape dough into prepared pan. Stretch and pull to fill the base as best you can (itʼs an elastic dough so a bit stubborn!), and get the surface roughly level. Itʼs ok if itʼs bumpy, it will smooth out later.

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9. Step

Rise 3: Cover pan with cling wrap, then put in a warm place for 40 minutes until the dough expands and fills the pan, and the heigh rises by around 25 – 30%.

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10. Step

PREPARE FOR BAKING:

11. Step

Smear surface with oil: Drizzle the surface with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, and smear/rub it over lightly with your hands.

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12. Step

Poke! Using both your hands like claws, push your fingers deep into the dough, right to the base of the pan to create the signature dimples. Do this around half a dozen times across dough surface. This will somewhat deflate the dough and is OK.

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13. Step

Toppings: Top with toppings of choice .Finishing olive oil & salt flakes: Drizzle the surface with 2 tablespoons of olive oil so it runs into the dimples. Then sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

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14. Step

BAKE:

15. Step

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the top is deep golden and lightly crisp, while the sides are fried and crusty.

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16. Step

Cool: Turn out onto a cooling rack. Let is rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting to serve. It is ridiculously good served freshly made!

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17. Step

Optional: Finishing with a final flourish of extra virgin olive oil across the surface certainly doesnʼt go astray! Also some olive oil for dipping is always welcome. 🙂

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