Herb and Garlic Foccacia

Faithful reader, I have a confession to make. I call myself a baker, but I had never made bread. I had only used yeast on a small handful of occassions to make a sweet dough, and lacked the confidence to bake. Yes, I called myself a baker, yet I hid away from bread.

It was only after watching The Great British Bake Off, and watching Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry’s guidance and tips, that I felt I could tackle it. I was further inspired by my friend Lauren, who helped steer me in the direction of a wonderful recipe for a white loaf. That I will share in the future. Today I share my Herb and Garlic
Foccacia.

It was simple and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. When I took it out of the oven and tapped the bottom to find not only was it firm (no sign of a soggy bottom in my kitchen) but it also made a hollow sound when I tapped it – I danced around the kitchen in jubilation.

A weight was lifted as I confronted something I was long afraid to try. Would anyone else care to share their kitchen shame?

The dough:

I used the recipe previously published by Alex.

Garnish to taste

  • dried herbs (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme)
  • salt
  • oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 220C.

Roll out each piece to vaguely resemble a rectangle. Make little dimples in the dough with your fingers and garnish to your taste.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. I tapped the bottom to make sure it made a hollow sound.

Enjoy while warm. I served with fresh hummus!

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