Rosemary and garlic focaccia: delicious home baked bread! It’s easy, customizable, and extremely tasty. | Stay Alive and Cooking
Being a foodie, one of my goals is to learn how to bake breads at home. From scratch! This can be rather tricky, which is why I’ve started with the easier varieties. Such as this delicious focaccia bread! It wasn’t at all as hard as I thought, and the smell that will fill your house is worth the 3 hour wait. Plus: freshly baked bread will beat store bought any day of the week!
What do you guys have for lunch? With me, it’s different every day. I like to have leftovers from the night before, or bake an omelet with some veggies or potatoes. I’ll make soup every once in a while, and have that with some crackers with different toppings. I love homemade hummus (the store bought ones are usually so salty!), or something simpler like cottage cheese.
I haven’t had lunch yet, which is why I’m going on and on and on about what I like to eat, haha. I’m actually munching on a carrot now. Not the same. As you may have noticed, I did not mention bread. I don’t eat a whole lot of it: it makes me feel slow, and I have a feeling bread and pastas etc give me stomach aches when I have too much of it. I’m not allergic to gluten but I don’t mind switching up my lunch routine, either.
However! I do love bread with soups. Or simply with a nice assortment of cheeses and spreads on a Friday night. I can get extremely happy at those moments, which is why we have soup with bread nearly every week. And what I love most about this focaccia recipe is that I know every ingredient that’s in there. Together with a homemade soup it’s a very responsible meal!
We had soup with bread at my parents’ place last week, and my mom bought this delicious focaccia bread. Rosemary, cheese and olive oil if I’m not mistaken. The flavours were delicious, but the bread itself was a bit… soggy. I like a bread that’s light and airy, and because of the oily cheese and olive oil it had gotten a bit dense.
There must be a better way! screamed the foodie/amateur chef in me. Of course, I have very little experience in baking bread so how the hell would I know… Lol! (Overview of other breads at the end of this post) But I still decided to give it a go. And it was rather successful, if you ask me!
Let’s discuss this focaccia recipe, shall we?
See you soon!
- Wheat flour, 140g
- White flour, 70g
- Dried yeast, 4g
- Lukewarm water, 125 ml
- Garlic, 1 clove
- Olive oil, 2 spoonfuls + extra
- Salt, pepper
- Rosemary, 2 teaspoons
- Mix the flours and dried yeast together.
- Add 125 ml of lukewarm water, and 2 spoonfuls of olive oil and knead together.
- Cover with a cloth and let this rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place.
- When the dough has risen, add 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon ground pepper and 1 teaspoon rosemary to the dough. Knead this for +/- 10 minutes.
- Cover a tray in baking parchment and spread the dough onto this tray. Cover with cloth again and let this rest for +/- 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Poke holes in the bread using your fingers or the back of a wooden spoon.
- Using a brush, spread the olive oil over the dough. Grate the clove of garlic and spread over the dough as well. Finally, sprinkle the second teaspoon of rosemary and some (rock) salt over the top.
- Place this in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and crisp on the outside.