Picture the utter satisfaction of casually letting your guests know that the bread you are serving with dinner is homemade! Picture how much more delicious your bread will be after you put love and energy into baking it! Picture how much money you will save by baking your own bread and limited those pricey trips to that fancy French bakery!
Gather the following ingredients and put on your most adorable apron…
-Dry Active Yeast (in a jar or in packets)
-Spice (Rosemary is a favorite, but Za’atar is quite delicious!)
-A ceramic bowl (it’s important that this bowl is not made out of metal!)
-A deep cookie sheet
-A bread maker! (if you don’t already own a bread-maker, check out your neighborhood’s craigslist or pick one up at Target or on Amazon! They don’t take up too much space and will make your baking life so much simpler!)
Pour 1 ¾ cups of warm water into your ceramic bowl.
Add about 2 tbsp of flour and a pinch of sugar. Whisk.
Then add 1 packet of dry yeast and whisk.
Let this bowl sit (preferably on your stove top with the oven on low to allow the heat to help activate your yeast!).
Pour 1/2 cup oil into the bottom of your bread-maker.
Then dump in 4 ½ cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2 tablespoons of the spice of your choice.
Check to see if your yeast/water mixture has started to froth and bubble. This is a good sign that the yeast is active and eating up the flour and sugar you fed it!
Pour the yeast mixture into the bread-maker mixture.
Set your bread-maker to “dough”.
Take the next hour and a half to watch a show, read a book, do some gardening, take up needlepoint or go for a quick jog!
Then remove the dough from the bread-maker, spreading it out on your well oiled cookie tray! Lightly oil the top of the dough once it is flattened out so that the dough doesn’t dry out! Let the dough rise even more for about 30 minutes.
Then poke gentle holes in lines all along the the bread to give it that distinctive focaccia pattern. Let it rise even more (about 30 more minutes! The more you let it rise, the fluffier your bread!). Give the top another coat of oil and sprinkle with sea salt! Place your tray into your preheated oven (425 degrees) and let it bake for about 20-30 minutes!