Garlic and Herbs Infused Focaccia breadwith Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapeno and red bell pepper

Focaccia is a flat oven baked Italian  bread and it’s texture is similar to Pizza. You can have it s a side dish with any soup or as a sand-which  bread.

I wan to have a pizza as I write about this fabulous focaccia bread. I’ve been making this bread from a long time but nowadays kinda so occupied with my 1 year old that I hardly get time to bake or cook something special. So, the other day my husband wanted to eat some soup and bread for dinner. So first thing thing came to my mind was to bake some good focaccia bread.

The first time I made this focaccia bread I was thrilled with the results and from that time it became my one of favorite type of bread to bake when i don’t have much time and my husband wants to eat something special..!! haha.:-D

This recipe is easy and is perfect for entertaining, mostly because you can use any sort of ingredients you have on hand and anyone can make this. So let me share the recipe of this easy and delicious bread with you all.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or honey
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) package active-dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-5 chopped garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or any other herb of your choice
  • 1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno sliced
  • few julienne of red bell pepper

Instructions:

  1. Add warm water  and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough attachment, and stir to combine.  Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water.  Give the yeast a quick stir to mix it in with the water.  Then let it sit for 5-10 minute until the yeast is foamy.
  2. Now heat olive oil in a pan, once heated add chopped garlic and herbs and let it infused the flavor for few minutes. (here make sure not to burn the garlic).
  3. Turn the mixer onto low speed, and add gradually flour, garlic and herb infused olive oil and salt.  Increase speed to medium-low, and continue mixing the dough for 5 minutes.  (If the dough is too sticky and isn’t pulling away from the sides of the bowl, add in an extra 1/4 cup flour while it is mixing.)
  4. Remove dough from the mixing bowl, and use your hands to shape it into a ball.  Grease the mixing bowl (or a separate bowl) with olive oil or cooking spray, then place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel.  Place in a warm location and let it rise for 45-60 minutes, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and roll it out into a large rectangle until that the dough is about 1/2-inch thick.  Cover the dough with a greased piece of plastic wrap, and let the dough continue to rise for another 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the plastic wrap, and transfer the dough to a large baking sheet.  Use your fingers to poke deep dents (seriously, poke all the way down to the baking sheet!) all over the surface of the dough.  Then drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil evenly all over the top of the dough, and put all the veggies evenly over the bread.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the dough is slightly golden and cooked through.  Remove from the oven, and drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired.
  8. Slice, and serve warm.
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