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I am looking for a high hydration focaccia formula can anyone help. Thanks

belle's picture

Not being as knowledgeable about 'high hydration' foccacia formula I am taking a leap of faith here...I absolutely LOVE this recipe from Nancy Silverton...

I also found a video segment featuring Master Chef Nancy working her magic..,0,1188913.htmlstory

PS..I only put 3 tablespoons of oil in each pan - I find the extra tablespoon is unnecesary and makes for an oily crust..

Good luck and enjoy!


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We have enjoyed this recipe very much.

Focaccia Bread
Focaccia is a type of flat bread popular in Italy, but probably adopted from Greece. The basic bread is often topped with any of the following: herbs, olive oil, cheese, meats, and vegetables, and can be seen as a precursor to pizza. Makes 1 loaf.

Note: I changed the “Procedure” to fit my bread machine.


1-cup water
1 teaspoon white sugar
1-teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-tablespoon active dry yeast

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings

Place ingredients into bread machine in order listed and select the dough cycle. When the dough has risen to the top of the pan remove it to a baking sheet.

Place dough on a greased 9x13-inch baking pan, push dough with fingers to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.

Uncover dough, and poke holes in it with a greased spoon handle at 1-inch intervals. Drizzle olive oil on dough, and sprinkle with Italian seasonings.
Bake at 400° for 17 to 27 minutes, until just golden. Remove from baking sheet, and cool on rack.

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thanks for the recipies !'s picture

Here is a wonderful recipe for an herb and lemon focaccia that I like - the instructions are specific and easy to follow, and you do not need a bread machine, or even a mixer with a dough handle, to make it.  The combination of the earthy herbs and light lemon zesty notes are divine when combined with the sea salt crunch on top; the aroma when baking is heavenly!   See the full recipe with instructions at