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Italian Peasant Bread or Fast Focaccia

Debbe1's picture

Italian Peasant Bread or Fast Focaccia


           7/8 to 1 cup warm water or milk

           2 tablespoons olive oil

           2 cups bread flour

           1 teaspoon sea salt

           1 tablespoon sugar

           1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced

           1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

           2 teaspoons yeast


           Olive oil (to garnish)

           Rosemary or any herb of your choice (to garnish)

           Coarse Sea Salt (to garnish)

1.  Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir, you want a soft sticky dough; add more water if needed. Cover.
2.   Let rest 15 minutes, briefly knead in bowl, cover and place in a really warm place or an oven preheated to warm and turned off. Let rise for 30 - 40 minutes, until doubled.
3.  Place a piece of parchment paper on the back of a baking sheet. Sprinkle with semolina or corn meal. Place dough on parchment and sprinkle liberally with olive oil.
4.  Shape dough, into a rectangle, spreading thin, about an inch of thickness.   Dimple the dough with your fingers and let rise for 20 - 30 minutes while the oven preheats.
5.  Preheat oven to 425.F degrees.
6.  Sprinkle dough with coarse sea salt and additional herbs
7.  Bake  at 425°F for 15-20 minutes until crust is deep golden and crispy.
8.  Cool on a wire rack, slide out the parchment paper.

  Have everyone tear their pieces of bread with their hands, and serve with olive oil flavored with fresh ground black pepper.

  Tip: I bake mine on a pizza stone, just slide the parchment onto the stone and bake.

  You can add different herbs, Parmesan, Mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, olives, you get the idea. Add cheese last 5 minutes of baking.

  Total time 1 hour 30 minutes


Fred41's picture

Recipe looks great ... plan to give it a try ... but later ... ie ... a diabetes warning has caused a food & lifetstyle change and sampling the breads I've baked this past week hasresulted in my weight increasing so ... time to cut back ... : (




Fred41's picture

Couldn't wait any longer so I made it initially to give away however ... we finished most of it off at supper.

Sprinkled grated Mozarella cheeze on top during the last 5 min's of baking and placed under the broiler for 5 min's ... excellente!

My wife prefers it to pizza 'cause of the soft crust and the plan is to use it as a pizza substitute from time-to-time ...



Debbe1's picture

Glad you enjoyed it. Super fast and easy recipe. I slice it in half, horizontally, and use it for sandwiches.


Fred41's picture

Good idea ... will try the 'sandwich' idea with the next loaf ... thanks again!


Oh ... and your inclusion of: "Italian Peasant" Bread in the title ... interesting, I've never thought of it that way before ...

aptk's picture

Made this today, it was truly quick, easy and delicious! A perfect companion for my home made chicken noodle soup, thanks for sharing, and I will definitely make this again.