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We experienced our first signs of autumn weather yesterday so it was a perfect day for a bowl of hot soup. To go along with the Bean and Sausage Soup I made two loaves of Foccacia bread. This was my first attempt at making this recipe and I think it will take a couple more adjustments to get it perfect. Although this time the bread was nice and moist. I made one loaf Jalapeno and Cheese and the other Rosemary Garlic.
1 ½ cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 Tablespoon Bread Machine Yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing loaves
1 ½ teaspoons salt
4 ½ cups flour
Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tablespoon Rosemary
Place bread machine on dough setting. Place ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Turn bread machine on. This process usually takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.
Once dough has risen in machine and timer go off, pull dough out of machine and place on a lightly floured surface. At this stage, you can cut dough in half to make two loaves or cut into four mini loaves.
Shape dough into a nice round ball and stretch to an 8-inch disk. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Brush loaves with the olive oil. Cover loosely with a cloth and place in a draft free area. Let rise for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once loaves have risen, top with toppings. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.
This is actually a very easy recipe. What are some of your Foccacia favorites?
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