This Italian pizza-like bread appetizer was so good it literally disappeared within minutes. Amazing with just a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt, but you can top it with pretty much anything you wish: cheese, onion, panchetta , rosemary or anchovies with olives like I did. Just make sure to keep it simple – after all it’s not a pizza. With this easy recipe you can see for yourself how long it will survive when shown to your housemates 🙂
2 cups flour
2 tbs olive oil + more to garnish
150g fresh yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4/5 cups lukewarm water
(or other toppings of choice)
Carefully mix yeast with sugar in lukewarm water. Sift flour, add olive oil and salt into the mixture, while stirring with a wooden spoon. When it starts to look more like a dough, start kneading it with your hands (you may need a bit more flour to prevent it from sticking to you). Get slightly aggressive and hit the dough until it becomes smooth 😀 Put it away in a greased bowl and cover with clingfilm. Let it rise until it doubles its volume.
Once the dough is fluffly enough, gently remove it from the bowl and stretch it out in a medium sized greased baking mold. Cover it with your toppings of choice (I used anchovies and olives) – but remember not to add too many ingredients, as this will prevent your gorgeous foccacia from rising.
For an even fluffier effect, wait for your garnished dough to rise again before placing it in the oven. If you’re too impatient to wait any longer, go ahead and bake the foccacia in 200°C for 25 mins.
Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy!