CHEESY FOCACCIA

CHEESY FOCACCIA - This is the easiest bread I have ever made. It is FULL of flavor and is soft and chewy with a delicious cheesy surface. Whether you use it to sop up a great sauce…or slice it for a sandwich, this recipe is a winner. The smell of it baking will bring your family running to the table.

CHEESY FOCACCIA


 INGREDIENTS CHEESY FOCACCIA 
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


Mix first 9 ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix in warm milk and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (it will take just a couple minutes). Cover with plastic wrap and let this sit in a warm place for about 45 minutes. Punch down and place on a greased baking sheet. Pat dough out into a rectangle about ½” thick. Brush top with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let this sit for about 30 minutes. With 2 fingers, make dents every few inches over surface of focaccia. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove to a rack.


This hearty bread also makes an excellent sandwich.

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