In this episode, we walk through how kids can help you make bread – especially an easy to build loaf like a focaccia! If you need the recipe for the bread I made, here it is:
2¼ tsp (1 packet) dry yeast
2¼ cups warm water
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
35 oz bread flour
2 Tbsp + 1 tsp kosher salt
All-purpose flour (for rolling)
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1½ Tbsp chopped fresh herbs (chives/thyme/oregano/etc.)
1 Tbsp grated parmesan
– Combine yeast, water and extra virgin olive oil in the bowl of a large stand mixer. Mix with a whisk, and let sit for 2-3 minutes to allow yeast to proof.
– Add flour and salt, mix dough with bread hook on low speed for 6 minutes to make a smooth, cohesive dough ball.
– When mixing is done, transfer dough to a clean surface and knead by hand for about 1 minute to smooth out the dough and make sure it’s elastic.
– Transfer dough to large bowl, coat lightly with olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for ~1½ hours until dough has doubled in size.
– When dough has risen, spread all-purpose flour on clean surface. Punch down dough, remove from bowl onto floured surface and knead 2 or 3 times to bring the dough together. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes with the bowl used for the rising inverted on top of it.
– Preheat oven to 375° F, and if you have a convection setting on your oven, I recommend you turn it on for this bread. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
– Spray the edge of the baking sheet with cooking spray.
– Roll dough out into shape/size of the prepared baking sheet. Be sure to roll as many air bubbles out as you can at this stage.
– Transfer the dough to the prepared sheet pan by rolling the dough up on the rolling pin, and then unrolling it into the pan. With your fingers, spread the dough out to corners of the pan as best you can. Cover with damp towels and let rise again for ~30 min.
– Whisk together water, extra virgin olive oil and salt in a small bowl – set aside.
– Take the towels off the bread, and then with stiff fingers push indents straight down into the surface of the bread all over.
– Use a brush and spread the water/oil/salt mixture all over the dough – being sure to fill the holes on top of the bread.
– Sprinkle on the fresh herbs and parmesan.
– Bake focaccia for about 20-25 minutes, until the dough reads 180° F in the center and it is well-browned all over the top.
– Remove, let cool, cut as desired. Wrap and freeze any extra.
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