This is the bread recipe you don't "knead" but you do want! A very simple recipe to make but one worth making often. A great side for any pasta night... or any meal for that matter. The hardest part about this bread is the wait while making it.
- 2 1/4 tsp active yeast
- 3 cups luke warm water
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 5 cups flour
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Just Give'r the Seasoning
- Let's start off with a medium mixing bowl where you will be adding the yeast, water and honey. Give it a good whisk and set it aside for a minimum of 10 minutes. What this does is allows for the yeast to start activating. Once the 10 minutes is up you should see bubbles/foam formed.
- Now that the yeast is ready it's time to add the salt. Whisk the salt in until dissolved.
- With the salt fully incorporated you can add the flour. No need to add little bits at a time like most recipes, go ahead and just add it all in now.
- Time to start mixing. With a rubber spatula mix until all ingredients are fully combined. It takes a little time but in the end you should have yourself a sticky dough.
- Since we already have a few dishes dirty, what's one more mixing bowl. Time to pull out a large mixing bowl. Add 4 tbsp olive oil to it. Now scrape the dough from the medium mixing bowl into the oil and give it a few rotations. You want the oil to completely cover the dough and form somewhat of a ball.
- Cover this up with a towel and set the timer for 3hrs. Time for the dough to rise.
- After the long awaited 3hrs is over let's check it out and see what we got. The dough should have doubled in size. Grab a cookie sheet, butter the entire sheet and right in the middle pour the other 2 tbsp olive oil.
- For scraping the dough out of the bowl I personally recommend using your hands and just pealing it away gently. Start on one side pealing away, then give the bowl a quarter turn and do the same. Continue 2 more times which should take you back to the original spot where you started. You don't want to punch the dough down and you want to keep the dough as airy as possible. Once the dough is peeled away from the bowl, pour it onto the oil on the cookie sheet and let it rise for one more hour uncovered. Save the olive oil in the mixing bowl for the next step.
- With the olive oil that was in the bottom of the mixing bowl, drizzle over the top of the dough. Now give a generous dusting of Just Give'r the Seasoning.
- With your fingers press down into the dough creating little pockets of oil and seasoning goodness as well as punching the dough down a bit. Do this across the entire dough.
- Pre heat the oven to 450 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes. It should get a nice golden colour to it. Slice it up however you see fit and enjoy. No worries, I won't judge for finishing half a focaccia right out of the oven because I do the same thing lol.
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