Every country has its own version of bread, Spain as well. But sometimes it’s just the easy option to take another recipe and add Spanish flavours. Focaccia is a very easy bread to make, tasty and a good bread to scoop up any sauce or soup. And don’t worry if you have any left overs, put them in the microwave for 20 seconds and they become heavenly with a bowl of hot winter soup.
Makes 1 bread
500 gr. Flour
1 sachet dried Yeast (7 gr.)
50 ml Olive oil (mild)
2 tsp Salt
250 ml. lukewarm Water
75 gr. Sun Dried Tomatoes (optional)
Oil from a jar of Sun Dried Tomatoes
1 tbsp fresh Thyme leaves
– Put the flour together with the yeast in a bowl. Add the oil, salt and warm water and knead it until you get a smooth ball of dough.
TIP: Put some oil on the work top, this prevents the dough from sticking.
– If you use sun dried tomatoes, cut them into small pieces and knead them through the dough.
– If your dough turns out too dry or hasn’t combined all the flour; just add a tablespoon of water at the time until you get a good mixture. If it’s too wet you can always add a bit of flour.
– Make a ball from the dough and place it back into the bowl. Cover with a warm, wet tea cloth, place on a warm place (on your window sill, above the heating for example).
– Leave to rise for 1 hour.
– Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a oiled work top and roll out into a square (20×30 cm).
– Layer a baking tray with baking paper and place the dough on top.
– Leave to rise for 30 minutes.
– Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
– Make some dimples into the dough with your fingers.
– Brush about 4 tbsp of the oil taken from the jar of sun dried tomatoes, on top of the dough. Sprinkle the thyme and sea salt over it.
– Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Focaccia is well suited for many other ingredients. Why don’t you give some other flavours a try such as rosemary and olive or chili pepper and goat cheese.