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Fantastic Focaccia Dough

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Focaccia and soup make a very satisfying meal on any winter day. The soup will warm your body while the warmth of the baking focaccia will warm your kitchen.


  • ½ cup water – heated to 105ºf – 115ºf
  • 2 tsp active dry east
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 4 tbs olive oil – divided
  • 3 ½ cups high-gluten flour
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup heated water, yeast and sugar.
  2. Whisk to mix well.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap for at least 5 minutes until the yeast is foamy.
  4. Stir in additional 1 1/2 cups of water and 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Stir in the flour and salt. You can use a mixer with a dough hook or, if you prefer, a large wooden spoon.
  6. Mix dough until it is well blended and slightly sticky and shiny.
  7. Remove and hand knead for a few minutes. If dough seems too moist add a little extra flour.
  8. Transfer dough to a large bowl, coat with a little olive oil, cover and let sit for an hour.
  9. Place dough on a lightly floured 10 X 15-inch baking sheet and gently press out with your fingers until flat.
  10. Cover with a clean cloth and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  11. Proceed with your favorite focaccia recipe.

NOTE: My family is happy with just some extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper sprinkled over the top of the freshly baked focaccia. A little freshly grated Romano is a nice addition too.

Buon Mangiata!

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