Monday, January 23, 2012

Viva Italia Focaccia

                                          Viva Italia Focaccia
A delicious Italian flat-bread topped with garlic, Parmesan and thin slices of onion.

1 packet of dry yeast
1tsp. sugar
3cups flour
3/4cup warm water
1tsp salt
1tbl. minced garlic
2tbl. olive oil
1tbl. cornmeal or farina
2 tsp. sea salt
Parmesan cheese
1 small onion- very thin sliced separated into rings
1 recipe Easy Garlic Butter with 1tbl. minced garlic stirred in

In a small bowl, mix together the yeast, sugar and 1tbl. of the flour.Set aside for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining flour and salt. Add 1tbl. garlic and half of the onion rings.Stir.
Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix to form a firm dough.
Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes.
Spray a bowl with cooking spray. Add the dough, cover and allow to rise for about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 425*
Sprinkle the bottom of a cookie sheet with the cornmeal.
Knead dough again, For about 2 minutes and flatten into a 1/2 inch thick circle.
Poke deep holes (lots of them) in the dough with your finger or the tip of a wooden spoon.
Smear the garlic butter over the dough.
Top with onion rings, sea salt and sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese.
Bake about 30 minutes or until just lightly golden.

Press/spread the dough onto a cookie sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. poking holes makes this bread more tender.

Spread the garlic butter. Top with Parmesan, onion and sea salt. Bake about 30 min. Cut with a pizza wheel.

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