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hurricane focaccia

In recipe on September 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm

okay, so there’s not actually anything “hurricane” about this focaccia except that i was stuck in the house for enough hours to actually make it (about five).

while that might sound intimidating, it’s not really so hard (you’re not working on it that whole time!), and definitely worth the time.

what could be better than olive oil-y, thick, salty, tomato-y bread, right? great for snacking, appetizers or paired with a salad for an easy meal.

focaccia

first, make the starter:  1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon yeast, 1 cup flour

dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl.

after 5 minutes, add flour stirring all the time with a fork until a thick sticky substance is achieved.

cover bowl and let sit 1 hour.

for the final dough:
1 cup water
2 teaspoons yeast
approx. 3 cups flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt

dissolve yeast in water in a small bowl for about 5 minutes. when it “blooms,” add it and the oil to the starter and mix well.

then add the salt and flour 1 cup at a time until dough comes together.

knead on floured board for 5-8 minutes.

place dough in oiled bowl and let rise until doubled, about an hour.

shape the dough in an oiled pan by pressing it out until it reaches the sides. cover and let rise a second time, about an hour.

dimple the surface with your fingers and drizzle with more oil. you can just add coarse sea salt for a simple version, or go fancier with tomatoes, onions, herbs, mushrooms… even tomato sauce and cheese, if you wanted. there are no wrong answers. go to town!

i used really thinly sliced tomatoes because i love the way they get sort of dried out and concentrated.

bake in a preheated 425 degree oven until brown, approx. 20-25 minutes.

traditionally, you should spritz the dough with water a couple of times during first 8 minutes of baking to help get the crust right, but i don’t have a spritz bottle, so i skipped that step and it still worked wonderfully.

we gobbled it up so fast i didn’t get a picture until it was half-way gone!

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  1. Looks so good and so simple. :) Thanks for sharing.

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