I would give it 5 stars, but I am well known for being humble ….
2 tsp rapid rising dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp coarse salt
1/4 cup olive oil
This recipe is designed for a standing mixer – but you can easily adapt it to do by hand.
Warm the bowl of your standing mixer by letting it sit filled with warm water for a few minutes. Drain, put in the 1 cup warm water, add 2 tbsp sugar, stir well and add in the yeast. Give a light stir and let sit for at least 3 minutes, until you see the yeast starting to foam. Turn on the stand mixer – low setting, and dissolve the salt in a cup with 2 tbsp hot water – when dissolved add to yeast mixture with the olive oil. Gradually – in a steady but slow stream – add the flour. Start with 3 1/2 cups of flour, and add a wee bit more if it is too sticky. Once the dough is holding together, turn the mixer up to medium and allow it to knead for 10 minutes.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and hand knead it a few times, until you have a smooth, soft, pliable dough. Grease a bowl lightly, turn the dough to coat and allow to rise in a warm place – covered with a damp tea towel or saran. When it has doubled in size (aprox 45 minutes) turn onto a clean surface and stretch it lightly to be about 1/2 in thick and an oblong shape. Allow to rest for a few minutes, and then put that on to an oiled baking sheet (I like clay). Cover with saran and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
Give the dough a gentle massage with good quality olive oil, and with your fingertips gently press indentations in the surface, then cover with seasonings to complement the rest of your meal:
carmelized red onions
Then sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and large flake salt.
For this batch I doubled the recipe, and stretched it to be about 3/4-1 inch high before allowing it to rest.
Bake at 400 for around 15-20 minutes.
This makes the best focaccia I have ever had – the dough is a fantastic texture, and gets so nice and crispy on the outside with the olive oil coating. Use your imagination with toppings, and it will soon be a hit in your house too. So easy to make!