I’m such a bread addict, so much that I had to learn to bake good bread, sourdough bread that is but I also love commercial yeasted bread depending on the type of bread. Focaccia is one type of bread that I absolutely
love. The aroma as it’s baking is heavenly especially when topped with lots of yummy ingredients like rosemary and garlic.
If you are impatient and want a quick focaccia this is definitely not going to be the recipe for you because it requires a long fermentation. But, I can tell you, if you want a nice bubbly focaccia, the wait will be worth it!
To me, focaccia is simple, rustic, romantic, and has the most perfect combination of being crispy, fluffy, chewy but moist. Over the years, I’ve tried various recipes, had many fails (although still tastes good), and have experimented in an attempt to attain the bubbly characteristics I so love in a good focaccia. During the process of experimenting I’ve learned that in order to achieve what I think is a perfect bubbly focaccia requires three key steps. I’m going to share those with you, are you ready? Lots of olive oil, a long, cold fermentation in the refrigerator, like a minimum of 12 hours and up to 20 hours, and the third key step is a second rise at room temperature for up to 4 hours, depending on the temperature in your house. These key steps have helped me attain the bubbly and crispy yet moist focaccia that I yearned to have.
Interestingly, the ingredients remain the same for a basic focaccia and those ingredients are water, flour, yeast, extra virgin olive oil and salt. Very similar to a pizza dough.
Often times I keep it simple and only top it with salamoia (brine using water, salt and olive oil), flaky sea salt, rosemary and nothing else. Other times I top it with lots of ingredients like in this garden focaccia recipe. During the step of adding your toppings, let your creative spirit animal out, use your imagination and decorate it or top it with some of your favorite ingredients.
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Okay, enough said, let’s get baking!