Italian-style Focaccia is a delicious savory bread that can be cooked on the grill. This easy-to-make recipe uses simple ingredients like yeast, honey, olive oil, and semolina or corn meal for a flavorful bread that can be served with cheese, vegetables, and other accompaniments. Follow the instructions to make a delicious focaccia that can easily be added to any meal.
- 2 teaspoons - Yeast
- 1 cup - Water (100 to 115 F)
- 1 tablespoon - Honey
- 1 1/4 teaspoons - Salt
- 2 tablespoons - Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons - Semolina or corn meal
- 1 cup - Unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 cups - Unbleached bread flour
- 1 - Olive oil or cooking spray to grease
- Place water, yeast, honey, olive oil, semolina (or corn meal) and bread flour in a large bowl or electric mixing bowl with a dough hook. Stir to blend and let rest a moment of two. Stir in salt, than remaining all-purpose flour to make a soft dough. Knead with dough hook or by hand to form a soft, but not-too sticky dough (8-12 minutes). Remove from bowl, lightly oil or spray top of dough and allow to rest, covered with a tea towel, for about 45 minutes.
- Deflate dough very gently before using and allow dough to rest for another 15 minutes. Otherwise, you may refrigerate the dough in an oiled plastic bag for up to two days.
- Flatten dough gently to make a generously 15 inch round. Sprinkle a large cookie sheet or a 16 inch aluminum pizza pan or rectangular baking sheet lightly with semolina or cornmeal. Dimple top of dough with fingertips. Drizzle with olive oil, dust with salt and coarse black pepper and shavings of fresh garlic or sauteed onions.
- Preheat grill to "Medium". Place baking sheet or pan on grill and close cover. Allow bread to "set up" a couple minutes. Reduce heat to "Low". With a metal spatula, ease bread directly onto grill. Bake until done (another 5-8 minutes). If at any time, the bread seems to be cooking too quickly, reduce heat.
- If you want this dough ready for supper and are out all day, use only 1/2 teaspoon yeast. Prepare dough and cover (or leave in bread machine) and allow for a long rise throughout the day.
This recipe is a great way to try making bread on the grill. With a few simple ingredients, some patience, and a few tips, you can make a delicious Italian-style focaccia that can be served with a variety of accompaniments. Enjoy your fresh focaccia and the satisfaction of baking it yourself!