I love making bread for my family. Whenever I make any sort of bread, it usually is a bit hit at home.
This Rosemary Focaccia bread is surprisingly simple to make and so wonderfully tasty. It is soft and chewy at the same time. And the combination of the Olive oil and rosemary is just divine.
It is really easy to put together and requires just a handful of ingredients. The only thing that you need is a bit of patience as you wait for the yeast to work its magic through the dough.
The Olive oil infused through the dough and brushed on top before baking gives an amazing texture and flavour.
I made this using our outdoor pizza oven, but this can also be made with a regular oven.
You can use fresh or dried rosemary. I used dried rosemary this time. You can eat it straight up or make a sandwich or use it to soak up some yummy gravy. Feel free to add whatever herbs you prefer. No matter how you customize it I hope you give this simple but classic flatbread recipe a go.
Bread flour – 2 cups
Semolina – ¼ cup
Dry yeast – 7gms (1pkt)
Warm water – 1 ¼ cup
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Olive oil – ¼ cup plus a little extra
Rosemary – fresh 2-3 sprigs,
dried 2 teaspoons
Salt to taste
- In a bowl combine the yeast, sugar and warm water. Set aside and allow the yeast to bubble up.
- Measure out the bread flour and semolina in a large bowl and add salt.
- Once the yeast is ready, pour it into the bread flour and semolina mix, add most of the ¼ cup of olive oil and combine. I used my stand mixer for this, but this can also be done by hand.
- Once thoroughly incorporated (you might need to add some water at this stage), it should yield a soft and sticky dough mix.
- Coat the dough mix with a bit of olive oil and set aside in a warm place for about 30-45 mins, allowing the yeast to work and the batter to double in size.
- Turn the dough onto a lined baking tray and begin pressing it out with your fingers until evenly spread with the dough being about a centimetre thick.
- Let the dough rest for another 10 mins and then make dimples with your fingers all the way though the dough.
- Brush the remaining olive oil and sprinkle the rosemary on the top.
- Place in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15-20 mins.
- If putting it in a pizza oven, it will take about 5 mins at a temperature of about 250 degrees Celsius.